Councilmember Bry provides a COVID-19 Corona Virus Report

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

Office of Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry  San Diego City Council  District 1 

March 25, 2020  Contact: Moriah Gaynor C: (619) 207-8616

March 25, 2020: Daily COVID-19 News Update  

Dear Community Members,  Thank you to all who submitted local eateries doing deliver and pick-up. My office has compiled a list of several local food options in District 1 into a Google spreadsheet for you to reference.   This will be a living document, so as we learn of new locations in the District or our options shift, we will update our information to reflect those changes and additions.

Please click here to access our District 1 spreadsheet. 

Also, please visit for a PDF version of this email. As a PDF, you will be able to download and zoom on this update.


City News  3/25 City Council Meeting  Today City Council passed two items: a residential and commercial eviction moratorium due to COVID-19 and the establishment of a small business relief fund (SBRF) to support small businesses in their ability to sustain operations and retain employees following COVID-19. The $6.1M small business relief package will be for businesses with less than 100 workers.  Information on both items can be found here.   The Port of San Diego Closing Surrounding San Diego Parks  The Port of San Diego is closing public parks around San Diego Bay, which includes beaches, parking lots, piers, and boat launches. The decision is effective immediately, is consistent with the County of San Diego’s amended public health order, and follows similar moves by the State of California and local city governments to further discourage non-essential gatherings of any size.  More information hereSan Diego Unified to Transition to Distance Learning in April  San Diego Unified will transition to distance learning on April 6, with full implementation by April 27. The plan outlined by district leaders envisions a gradual return to academic instruction in several phases.   Currently, the school district is providing online activities via the district website and a partnership with public broadcasting. That will change following the end of spring break, on April 6. At that point, teachers will begin receiving training for the move to online instruction, will work remotely with students who are able to participate, and will identify those students who are unable to take part.   Work done during this time will not be graded for credit but will contribute towards students’ academic progress in the courses they are taking.  A formal return to grading and instruction -- but not a return to the physical school environment -- is scheduled for April 27 for the 90 percent of all district students who attend schools on a traditional academic calendar.  As with students on a traditional calendar, the 10 percent of students in year-round schools will experience a soft launch of the new learning environment following spring break, which for these students ends on April 27. There will be a full return to graded instruction in year-round schools on May 11.  Press release hereCounty News  San Diego County approves moratorium on residential, commercial evictions  San Diego County will place a moratorium on all evictions of residential and commercial renters in the unincorporated areas who have seen their income reduced or been otherwise substantially economically harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Even with the moratorium in place, affected residents would still be required to pay back the rent owed at a later date if they miss a payment.   As part of the same proposal, supervisors also approved placing a freeze on foreclosures and foreclosure-related evictions.  Article can be found hereJury Service Dismissed Through May 22  In light of California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye’s statewide Order allowing for a two-month suspension of jury trials, the San Diego Superior Court is dismissing all summoned jurors through May 22, 2020.   Jury service will be considered complete for any juror with a summons within that date range.  Press release can be found here.   Current Cases in San Diego County  As of 5 p.m. 3/25: 

  • Total Cases in San Diego County: 297 

  • 0-9 years: 2 cases 

  • 10-19 years: 3 case 

  • 20-29 years: 65 cases  

  • 30-39 years: 77 cases  

  • 40-49 years: 54 cases 

  • 50-59 years: 40 cases 

  • 60-69 years: 24 cases  

  • 70-79 years: 20 cases  

  • 80+ years: 12 cases 

  • Hospitalized Cases: 59 

  • Intensive Care Cases: 29 

  • Deaths: 2  

Source here

State News 

2/25 Financial Relief Package 

Governor Newsom announced that financial institutions will provide major financial relief for millions of Californians suffering financially as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

Under the Governor’s proposal, Californians who are struggling with the COVID-19 crisis may be eligible for the following relief upon contacting their financial institution: 

90-Day Grace Period for Mortgage Payments 

No Negative Credit Impacts Resulting from Relief 

Moratorium on Initiating Foreclosure Sales or Evictions 

Relief from Fees and Charges 

Press release can be found here. 

2/24 Executive Order on State Prisons and Juvenile Facilities 

To reduce the risks of COVID-19 in correctional settings, Governor Newsom issued an executive order directing the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Secretary to temporarily halt the intake and/or transfer of inmates and youth into the state’s 35 prisons and four youth correctional facilities. Those inmates and youth will remain in county custody for the next 30 days. This period can be extended if needed. 

Additionally, the executive order directs the Board of Parole Hearings to develop a process to conduct all scheduled parole hearings through videoconferencing starting no later than April 13, 2020, and for the next 60 days. This measure would facilitate the remote participation of individuals that are typically in attendance at parole hearings such as staff, parole board members, victims, families and their representatives, inmates, and attorneys. Inmates also have the option to postpone or waive their parole hearing. 

Press release can be found here. 

Federal News  Senate COVID-19 Stimulus Deal Agreed On  Senate leaders struck a deal Wednesday to finalize a $2-trillion package to provide a jolt to an economy struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Under the draft bill, single Americans would receive $1,200, married couples would get $2,400, and parents would see $500 for each child under age 17.  Full details have yet to be released, but elements of the proposal will include $250 billion for direct payments to individuals and families, $350 billion for small business loans, $250 billion for unemployment insurance benefits, and $500 billion in loans for distressed companies.  Article here

Local Resources  Free CalMatters Webinar: Getting Through Coronavirus: Dealing with (Un)Employment Issues  On Thursday, 3/26 at 1 p.m., CalMatters assistant editor Judy Lin and California Divide reporter Nigel Duara will moderate a web discussion with Julie Su, Secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, and Lilia Garcia-Brower, California Labor Commissioner, about filing for unemployment and figuring out sick and family leave.  Interested individuals can sign up here

COVID-19 LGBTQ Community Resources & Support  San Diego Pride has compiled a list of COVID-19 LGBTQ+-specific resources and virtual spaces.   You can find these resources here:

Cox Communications   Cox Communications has temporarily adjusted all Cox Solutions Store hours in California. Cox Solutions Store locations will stay open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Also, essential internet tiered customers received a speed increase from 30 Mbps to 50 Mbps, an upgrade.  Cox also made the following changes that are available through May 15:  

  • Lifting data usage overages. Customers with a 500 GB or Unlimited data usage add-on plan will receive credits.  

  • Extending the free 30 days of internet to 60 days free for new participants of our Connect2Compete program for low-income K-12 families.  

  • A $19.99 offer with the first month free for new Starter internet customers. Includes a temporary boost up to 50 Mbps download speeds, no annual contract or qualifications.

Government Resources   CA Dept. of Public Health: CDC: City of San Diego: County of San Diego: Office of Governor Gavin Newsom: State of California Official COVID-19 resource:

Health Information  Drive-up testing at SDCCU Stadium  Only for patients who get referred by a physician.  211 San Diego

2-1-1 San Diego in partnership with County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency’s Public Health Services department is actively responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  For County updates about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on our community, text COSD COVID19 to 468311.  Kaiser Permanente  If you’re concerned about your specific health condition, call 1-833-KP4CARE (1-833-574-2273) (TTY 711) to talk to a licensed care provider 24/7. If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or believe you’ve been exposed, it’s important to call before coming into a clinic or doctor visit. 

Informational link here. Scripps Health COVID-19 nurse line  888-261-8431 (7 a.m. to 9 p.m, Mon - Fri, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat - Sun)  Those determined to have a risk of infection might be instructed to go to one of three cabanas located outside our urgent care centers for further testing or if necessary, to an urgent care center or emergency room for further treatment.   The cabanas are located outside of: 

  • Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines (opening Friday, March 13) 

  • Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo (opening Tuesday, March 17)  

  • Scripps Coastal Medical Center Vista (opening Tuesday, March 17)  

SHARP Healthcare  1-800-827-4277 (Mon - Fri, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat - Sun)  UCSD Health COVID-19 nurse line  800-926-8273 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day) 

Patients should not walk in or schedule an appointment online. They should first call the COVID-19 nurse line BEFORE coming to any hospital or clinic. After answering questions, they will be directed to a video visit or a location for the necessary evaluation and testing. 

Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry represents San Diego City Council District 1, which includes the communities of Carmel Valley, Del Mar Heights, Del Mar Mesa, La Jolla, Pacific Highlands Ranch, Torrey Hills, Torrey Pines, and University City. 

Hello Gary,

During times of crisis, I’ve learned the importance of staying positive and of reaching out to help others. Right now, my City Council office and I have been focused on helping those most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and I wanted to pass along some helpful information to you and yours:

NEWS AND INFORMATION: You can always find the latest official updates from the City, including resources and guidelines to follow HERE or sign-up for my council office newsletter updates which include links to city, state and federal resources including information about assistance programs HERE.ASSISTANCE: If you or a loved one need assistance, whether you live in District 1 or not, my council office is ready and willing to help. You can find our contact information HERE.DONATIONS: For those who are able and willing, my husband Neil and have contributed to a fund started by the Jewish Community Foundation.  This fund will provide funds to individuals who are without a paycheck or a significantly reduced paycheck so that they can pay their rent and buy food.The San Diego Foundation has established a fund to help make emergency grants to nonprofit organizations supporting impacted communities.

On Tuesday, the City Council considered several proposals to address impacts from the coronavirus emergency.  Among them was a proposal to protect from eviction tenants – both residential and commercial -- impacted by the crisis.  I voted to direct city staff to draft an ordinance exercising the city’s authority under the Governor’s emergency declaration.  As I stated on Tuesday, public health and humanitarian considerations justify such action, but I also indicated that my review of such an ordinance will be guided by ensuring fairness to both tenants and property owners.  Both tenants and property owners deserve protection from short-term impacts of this crisis, and I will work to ensure both are protected. For tenants who can document direct impacts from the crisis, those protections would include temporary extensions of rent payment deadlines.  For property owners, they would ensure availability of temporary state or federal aid and extension of property tax and mortgage payment deadlines. In addition, tenants should take advantage of unemployment insurance which is available immediately or small business loans to help them get through these difficult times. I will not support an ordinance that protects one group at the expense of the other. We have a lot of work to do-- together. WHEN we get out of this crisis, the optimism we maintain today will be the strongest medicine for a quick recovery.  All the best,

Barbara Bry Candidate for Mayor of San Diego

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