SRCA Response and Assistance regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic 2020

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In challenging times, residents of Scripps Ranch can be a great source of support. Showing kindness to fellow neighbors, supporting local businesses, and strengthening connections with our community can have a major impact on the vitality of a neighborhood. The SRCA’s priority is keeping our community healthy.

The SRCA is doing seven measurable things to help during this national emergency.
  1. Assembled a panel of medical and caregiver experts to advise the SRCA;
  2. Post verified and accurate information to our Facebook, Twitter and website;
  3. Encourage residents to volunteer to help those who are homebound; 
  4. Ask those who are homebound if they need assistance;
  5. Collecting N-95 masks, surgical masks, and safety glasses;
  6. 3D printing faceshields for medical, fire and law enforcement first responders; and 
  7. Creating cloth masks and mask straps for Scripps Ranch residents.
COVID SRCA ALL 

At the early onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in February, the Scripps Ranch Civic Association began the Coronavirushelp recovery effort, focusing on protecting the health and safety of the community. Here are the specific areas that the SRCA is concentrating on at this time, which may change as needs arise. This is a true team effort, and you can help with this recovery effort.

Distributing N-95 masks, surgical masks, safety glasses and eye goggles

Please check your home and workplace for N95 masks, surgical masks, safety glasses, and goggles. We are collecting these supplies and distributing them directly to healthcare workers. These supplies save lives, and are in short supply. Email us at [email protected] for details. 

Request to volunteer or request assistance if you are at high risk

On occasion we need volunteers to do tasks as needed. The SRCA has a partnership with ElderCare Alliance to assist those who are at high risk that prefer not to leave home during this pandemic. If you are at high risk and need someone to run an essential errand for you, please let us know. To volunteer or to request help please go to

www.scrippsranch.org/coronavirushelp or [email protected]

3D printed face shields for medical, fire and law enforcement

Marcus Hsu inspired us to make face shields. He suggested we make them at home and deliver them to those who are on the front line. The face shields protect the life of the people who wear them and prolongs the viability of the N-95 masks worn underneath. We have more than 70 volunteers printing face shields. If you have a 3D printer and want to help, email us at [email protected]

We have made thousands of face shields since March 20th. Our masks and face shields are in more than 80 hospitals, facilities and government agencies vastly in San Diego but also Los Angeles, San Francisco, Pomona, Irvine, Murrieta, Temecula, Brawley, El Centro, Chicago, Iowa City, Minneapolis, and Tijuana so far.

This effort is spreading across the county, the country, and around the globe as a result a team of passionate SRCA volunteers. The SRCA is paying it forward with this effort as we did for the 2003 Cedar Fire. Our team has helped set up 3D-printing Coronavirushelp efforts in Indiana, Virginia, Arizona, Missouri, Georgia, Coachella Valley, Texas and London (UK) just in the past week. 

"Every face shield not only protects a life but also saves a life"

Are you a healthcare worker who needs a face shield, mask, or goggles? Do you know a healthcare worker that needs personal protection equipment?

Send us a request to [email protected]

Cloth face masks for Scripps Ranch residents

In response to the CDC requirements and recommendations for wearing face coverings, on April 6th the SRCA created a team of volunteers to sew and provide cloth face masks to Scripps Ranch residents. This team is called the SRCA Sewing Team, and is led by Jennifer Richmond, with Diane Hunter managing supplies and communications, and Debbie Sullivan providing sewing expertise to the sewing volunteers. As of May 6th this team of over 100 volunteers has made over 7000 cloth masks, for more than 1600 Scripps Ranch residents. The cloth face masks are free to Scripps Ranch residents, however donations to cover the cost of materials are gladly accepted.

Scripps Ranch residents can request cloth face masks and mask straps in the group on Facebook here.

More information on face coverings is available from the CDC here: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Appreciation and Impact

The true impact of these efforts can be seen on the faces of the medical professionals and residents picking up face shields, cloth masks, and mask straps made by volunteers. An emergency room Registered Nurse began to sob as she was overcome that we cared enough to protect her life by making and donating our face shields. Scripps Ranch neighbors are overcome with appreciation and gratitude for this huge volunteer effort to make cloth masks and help keep them safe. These efforts are also providing ways for volunteer residents to stay busy during quarentine, while making a profound impact on the safety of others during this challenging time.

That, my friends, is what it’s all about.

Will you contribute financial support for these life-saving efforts? Please consider supporting the SRCA by making a contribution to

www.scrippsranch.org/resources/coronavirus-help

www.scrippsranch.org/support/join

Thank you to everyone who is volunteering their time, donating resources, and providing support to our wonderful community during this challenging time. Stay home, stay safe, and let us know if we can help.

[email protected]

On behalf of the SRCA we thank you and hope that you remain safe during this pandemic. Please let us know what we can do for you.

Bob Ilko, President
Jennifer Richmond, Project Manager
Marcus Hsu, Face Shield Technical Co-Lead
Chuck Norris, Face Shield Technical Co-Lead
Duane Maxwell, Face Shield Production
Debbie Sullivan, Sewing Expert
Anna Suzette Eblen, Sewing Expert, Team Lead
Diane Hunter, Sewing Team Lead Volunteer

1. Panel of Medical and Caregiving Experts:

With guidance from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), State of California and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, we will post announcements as how you can protect yourself and your family by making well informed choices. We are committed to making sure Scripps Ranch remains a place you feel safe. The SRCA assembled a panel of experts who live in Scripps Ranch to provide the SRCA guidance during this unprecedented time of uncertainty. Each panel member brings a different perspective, training and understanding. The panel works collaboratively.
The following Scripps Ranch residents are volunteering their time, experience and training to the SRCA:
 
Dannie Wurtz - Director of Clinical Operations at Falck
Jeremy Sturch - Registered Nurse at Emergency Department at UCSD Hospital
Maile Ann Young Karris - Infectious disease physician at UCSD
Anna Butera - Family Medicine Doctor
Pamela Simpson - Retired Registered Nurse (Infection control) and Caregiver
Steven Ilko - Spectrum Health Emergency Department Resident (University of Iowa Medical School and former Cal Berkeley Medical Response Corp)
 
James J. Chun, MD, FAAP - Physician/Interim Medical Director at Student Health & Counseling Services CSU San MarcosMandy Greulich Taliercio – Emergency Medical Technician
 
You can reach us at [email protected]org
 

2. Post verified and accurate announcements:

As coronavirus (COVID-19) cases are increasing nearly daily in San Diego County, we understand you may have questions about your health and how to access care.

PHONE FIRST

If you are sick, please call your doctor’s office BEFORE coming to any clinic or urgent care center. Nurses and doctors will advise you on the best way to receive the care you need without compromising your health, and the health of other patients and our staff.

VIDEO and PHONE VISITS

We recommend that, whenever possible, you have a video or phone visit rather than coming into a clinic. These visits are convenient and safe, and can be offered at no cost, regardless of insurance type.

GUESTS ACCOMPANYING PATIENTS TO APPOINTMENTS

If you must come in for an appointment, please note that only guests 18 and older may accompany you. We realize this may be inconvenient for parents; however, it is vital to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. This will protect you, your children, other patients, and our doctors and staff.

CORVID-19 Testing:

To determine who should be tested, the guidelines and criteria set forth by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.

The criteria are:

Hospitalized patients who have signs and symptoms compatible with COVID-19 in order to inform decisions related to infection control.

Other symptomatic individuals such as: older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions and/or an immunocompromised state that may put them at higher risk for poor outcomes (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, receiving immunosuppressive medications, chronic lung disease, chronic kidney disease).

Any persons, including health care personnel, who within 14 days of symptom onset had close contact with a suspect or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient, or who have a history of travel from affected geographic areas within 14 days of their symptom onset.

When you call us, we will ask you if you have traveled outside San Diego in the last 14 days, and if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms, which may include a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath.

IF YOU ARE SICK, PLEASE STAY HOME. Call your doctor if you feel your illness is severe enough to require care.

HEALTH TIPS

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Stay home when you're sick.

Cover your entire mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If a tissue is unavailable, cough or sneeze into your bent elbow.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Practice social distancing: Stay six feet away from others and avoid large gatherings.

Store a two-week supply of food and beverages, including food for family pets.

Ensure you have a two-week supply of prescribed and routine medications on hand. If you need refills, contact your pharmacy.

Plan ways to care for those who are at greater risk for serious complications and who will take care of sick family members.

Source: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/community_epidemiology/dc/2019-nCoV.html

3. Are you interested in volunteering to help others as needed?

As we go through this pandemic, we are asking abled residents to volunteer to help other Scripps Ranch residents who are unable to leave their homes with tasks such as meal delivery, basic necessity shopping, rides to medical visits, take out/in trash cans, and other tasks as requested by neighbors.

If you are interested, please email us your name, age, address, email and cell phone number to [email protected] or fill out this form online.

4. Are you unable to leave your home?

Do you or someone you know unable to leave their home due to age, underlying health and/or other reasons? Please email us your name, age, address, cell number and what you are asking for help with by going to [email protected] or fill out this form online.

5. Collecting N-95 masks, surgical masks and safety googles
 
We are collecting N-95 masks, surgical masks and safety glasses to distribute to medical staff.  On March 21, Scripps Ranch resident Marcus Hsu approached us about printing 3D face shields. Jennifer Richmond is involved using social media to request supply donations, recruit volunteers, share the availability of masks and face shields.   The N-95 and surgical masks collected have gone to 47 hospitals, facilities and agencies as of April 4, 2020. 
 
6. 3D printed faceshields for medical, fire and law enforcement responders
 
On March 21, Scripps Ranch resident Marcus Hsu approached us about printing 3D face shields. Marcus found a design and healthcare professionals provided feedback. From one printer to a few printers and now over 72 volunteers  from Scripps Ranch, Poway, Escondido, Spring Valley, Ramona, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, Tierrasanta, La Verne, and Fullerton are making faceshields for our recovery effort. The SRCA assembles the transparency film sheet and we distribute to the users directly.  Marcus' inspiration is now spread beyond Scripps Ranch to other locations (we call them coronavirushelp "Chapters") in Indiana, Virginia, Arizona, Missouri, Georgia, Coachella Valley, Dallas-Forth Worth, and London, England. 
 
Our faceshields are in over 55 hospitals, facilities and agencies in San Diego, Los Angeles, Pomona, Irvine, Chicago, Iowa City, Minneapolis and New York. We have made over 900 face shields and are making more daily. Our motivation is that "every face shield made protects a life and also saves a life".
 
As the number of people with COVID-19 increases, the SRCA is seeing the demand for masks and face shields increase. Companies like Hewlett-Packard are partnering with communities to 3D print face shields. To request supplies or volunteer, please email us at [email protected]org
 
7.  Creating cloth masks and mask straps for Scripps Ranch residents
 
On April 6th, the Scripps Ranch resident Jennifer Richmond assembled a team of community volunteers to make cloth face masks, in response to the CDC's recommendations and requirements for face coverings. This group is called the SRCA Sewing Team. She worked with sewing expert Debbie Sullivan to define sewing patterns for the team to use, and collaborated with Diane Hunter to set up a system for supplies, donations, sewing team emails, and collecting finished masks. The SRCA Sewing Team consists of over 100 Scripps Ranch volunteers who are sewing masks, cutting fabric, making ties and materials, and even crocheting mask straps for Scripps Ranch residents. This team's motto is: "A stitch in time saves lives."

How to request a cloth face mask:

Scripps Ranch residents can request cloth face masks and mask straps in the group on Facebook here.

More information on face coverings is available from the CDC here: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19


You can help with these life-saving recovery efforts by donating to the SRCA at http://www.scrippsranch.org. The Scripps Ranch Civic Association and all of those on the front line thank you, with all our hearts. 

If you are experiencing a medical emergency or distress, please call 9-1-1 immediately.