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

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 four measurable things to help during this national emergency.

  1. Assembled a panel of medical and caregiver experts to advice 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; and
  4. Ask those who are homebound if they need assistance.

We simplified how to ask for help or to offer help by using one email for everything (one stop shop).

[email protected]

  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 Paradise Valley Emergency Department 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 - University of Iowa Medical School and former Cal Berkeley Medical Response Corp
Mandy Greulich Taliercio – Emergency Medical Technician

You can reach us at [email protected]

  1. 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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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