COVID-19 Update from Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry

May 12, 2020
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Office of Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry
San Diego City Council
District 1

May 12, 2020
Contact: Moriah Gaynor
[email protected]
C: (619) 207-8616

May 12, 2020: COVID-19 News Update

Dear Neighbors,    
As we all are adjusting to life during COVID, my team is primarily working remotely, we meet everyday on Facetime, and we have hosted several webinars on issues like the science behind the pandemic and the impact on small business. This Saturday, we are pleased to  host our first virtual community event to hear from you!  

I invite you to grab a beverage and join me on Zoom this Saturday, May 16, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. for “B.Y.O.Bry” (formerly known as “Brews with Bry”.)

Previous events have been successful because I was able to hear directly from you about your concerns, so to help maintain an intimate setting, please sign up here for one of our 15-minute sessions, based on which District 1 community you live in.

Carmel Valley / Del Mar Mesa / Torrey Hills: 9:30 - 9:45 a.m.
Torrey Pines: 9:45 - 10 a.m.
University City: 10 - 10:15 a.m.
La Jolla 10:15 - 10:30 a.m.

After registering, you will receive Zoom instructions.

I look forward to virtually meeting with you on Saturday!

With gratitude,  


Council President Pro Tem  


City News
5/11 - Mayor Faulconer, Supervisor Cox Urge Governor for More Local Control in Reopening Economy
Mayor Faulconer was joined by County Board of Supervisors Chairman Greg Cox to urge the Governor to provide more local control to counties seeing sustained progress in the response to COVID-19.  

The call to action follows a letter sent by Mayor Faulconer and Supervisor Cox asking the Governor to provide clearer and more practical guidance on safely reopening the economy.

Letter to the Governor here. Press release here.

County News
5/11 - COVID-19 Testing Trends Up in San Diego County
Testing for COVID-19 has been increasing in San Diego County with the number of daily total tests in the region exceeding 3,300 in four of the past five days.  

Overall, the number of tests is expected to continue to climb toward the goal of 5,200 in the region daily. The County remains on the right trajectory with testing and contact tracing and should be ready to continue reopening the local economy when the state moves to lift more restrictions.

Article here.

5/8 - Restrictions Eased on Camping, Recreation Rentals
The County revised its Health Officer Order, further relaxing restrictions on recreational activities, including camping and the rentals of certain recreational equipment.

As of May 9, local campgrounds can begin to reopen, but certain restrictions will apply. In addition, businesses that rent recreational equipment — including bicycles, surfboards, boats, kayaks and other watercraft — can reopen if, like other businesses allowed to reopen, they prepare a “Safe Reopening Plan.”

Article here.

Current Cases in San Diego County
As of 5 p.m. 5/12:  

  • Total Cases in San Diego County: 5,161
  • 0-9 years: 62 cases  
  • 10-19 years: 168 case  
  • 20-29 years: 818 cases  
  • 30-39 years: 978 cases  
  • 40-49 years: 865 cases  
  • 50-59 years: 951 cases  
  • 60-69 years: 602 cases  
  • 70-79 years: 367 cases  
  • 80+ years: 346 cases  
  • Age unknown: 4  
  • Hospitalized Cases: 996
  • Intensive Care Cases: 309
  • Deaths: 190

Source here.  

State News
5/12 -  Governor Newsom Announces California Has Conducted Over 1 Million Diagnostic Tests for COVID-19
Governor Newsom announced that more than 1 million diagnostic tests for the virus have been conducted statewide, with daily testing averaging more than 35,000 in the past few days.

Press release here.

5/11 -  Western States Pact Urges Federal Support for States and Cities Responding to COVID-19 Pandemic
In a letter to Congressional leadership, governors and legislative leaders from five western states requested $1 trillion in direct and flexible relief to states and local governments in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in order to preserve core government services like public health, public safety and public education, and help people get back to work.

Letter here. Press release here.

Local Resources
Tips to Maintain Your Mental Health During COVID-19
May is Mental Health Month and San Diego County officials encourage you to monitor your mental well-being and that of your loved ones. They’re also offering tips on how to mentally cope with pandemics.

For common signs of distress and tips to maintain your mental health from San Diego County, click here.

Additionally, you can view my expert webinar on mental health here, as well as resource guide with tips under the “Mental Health Resources” tab here.

Thursday 5/14 at 11 a.m. - San Diego Military Advisory Council (SDMAC) COVID-19 Webinar
This Thursday, May 14th, SDMAC hosts a webinar featuring San Diego City Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry. This webinar will address San Diego’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic including the impact to the City’s budget.

More information here.

Donations Requested for “FEEDING San Diego's HEALTHCARE HEROES” by MANA de San Diego
MANA de San Diego, a Latina organization that strives to empower Latinas in education, leadership, advocacy and community involvement, requests donations for its FEEDING San Diego's HEALTHCARE HEROES initiative.  

This effort will help support not only the HEALTHCARE HEROES but also local restaurants, and every dollar will go directly to the effort.  

Donations portal and more information here.

Upcoming Events

5/13 at 2 p.m.
City Council Rules Committee

5/16 from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.


Government Resources

CA Dept. of Public Health


City of San Diego

Council District 1 Guide

County of San Diego

Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

State of California COVID-19 Resource


Testing Information

County Testing Sites
Physician referral and appointment via 2-1-1 required.

Live Well Center at Chula Vista, 690 Oxford Street, Chula Vista, CA 91911  

SDCCU Stadium


State Managed Sites
Appointment needed via or by calling 888-634-1123, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m..

Grossmont College, 8800 Grossmont College Dr., El Cajon, CA 92020  

Former Sears in Chula Vista, 565 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910  

North Inland Live Well Center in Escondido, 649 W Mission Ave., Escondido, CA 92025


211 San Diego  

For County updates about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on our community, text COSD COVID19 to 468311.


Kaiser Permanente
Call 1-833-KP4CARE (1-833-574-2273) (TTY 711) to talk to a licensed care provider 24/7


Scripps Health Nurses Line

7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Mon - Fri, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat - Sun


SHARP Healthcare Nurses Line

Mon - Fri, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat - Sun


UCSD Health COVID-19 Nurses Line  

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day

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