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CITY OF TRACY ACTIVATES VIRTUAL EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER AND CANCELS/POSTPONES UPCOMING PUBLIC GATHERINGS TO COMBAT THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

Posted: Mar 12, 2020
Location: Tracy, Calif.

 The City of Tracy has been closely monitoring the emerging, rapidly evolving Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation and working with our partners at the local, county and state level to remain current on the most up-to-date information and guidance as it becomes available.  San Joaquin County Public Health officials announced today that there are three confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in San Joaquin County and declared a Local Public Health Emergency.  According to their news release, “the proclamation should not be considered a reason for heightened concern; it is intended to help facilitate additional resources to address the increasing demands of containing the virus.”  The City of Tracy has immediate plans to follow suit by issuing a similar proclamation confirming the existence of a local emergency in Tracy.

 

To combat the spread of the virus, the City of Tracy is activating a Virtual Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to foster communication in a manner that limits personal contact. The intent of the Virtual EOC is to keep the community informed as the impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve. The City of Tracy has released a short video regarding this issue.

 

The City is committed to supporting our community, employees and City business operations,” said City Manager Jenny Haruyama. “The City of Tracy is prepared to respond to this ever-changing pandemic by actively monitoring the COVID-19 virus transmission developments and is coordinating with San Joaquin Public Health Services, Office of Emergency Services and other community partners.” 

 

The California Department of Public Health issued an updated policy on the postponement or cancellation of gatherings to protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19.  In response to the policy, the following upcoming City of Tracy events will be canceled/postponed effective tomorrow, March 13, 2020:

 

  • All Parks and Planning Commission Meetings
  • March 19th Community Workshop for the Urban Forestry, Parks and Bikeways Master Plans
  • All sports field rentals
  • All the Senior Center programming, except for the meal programs, is canceled through March 31st, including:
    • Fitness Classes
    • Bingo
    • Country Jams
    • St. Patty’s Day Luncheon
    • Forever Young Prom
  • The Gallery and Grand Theatre Center for the Arts will be closed to the public until April 20th and the following programs will be canceled:
    • All Arts Education Classes
    • March 13th Paint Night
    • March 18th Delta Charter School event
    • March 21st Taiko Drum Project
    • March 27th Queen Nation Concert will be postponed
  • Tracy Police Department Citizens Academy will be postponed
  • Tracy Police Department Tracy Senior Citizens Association Monthly Meeting will be canceled
  • Tracy Chamber of Commerce Leadership Tracy 2020 Public Safety Tour on March 20th will be postponed

 

The following community events have also been canceled/postponed:

  • Tracy Chamber of Commerce RED Tour - canceled
  • Taps on Tenth – postponed
  • Tracy Chamber of Commerce Health & Wellness Fun Run - canceled
  • Summer Downtown Farmers Market – postponed
  • Donut Dash - postponed

 

The following programs that allow social distance of six feet per person will continue as planned until further notice:

  • San Joaquin County Congregate Meal Program
  • San Joaquin County Meals on Wheels Program
  • AARP Tax Aid
  • Second Harvest Food Bank – Food Commodities (Brown Bag Program)
  • Emergency Food Bank – Farmers Market
  • El Concilio Paralegal Services
  • HICAP – Insurance Counseling

 

This information is subject to change as the California Department of Health provides new information and guidance - updates will be shared as they become available.

 

The health and safety of our residents is our top priority,” said Mayor Robert Rickman. “We will remain vigilant and if we can reduce the spread of this virus, we have a duty to do so. We are all in this together.  As we have always done, our community will come together as a city and rise to the challenge and reemerge stronger than before.” 

 

What to Do

Stay informed by regularly checking the following websites and their social media accounts for the latest information, tips and guidance:

 

Follow prevention guidelines for COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases that include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

 

Common COVID-19 symptoms consist of fever, cough and difficulty breathing/shortness of breath.  If you are experiencing symptoms such as these, stay home and call your healthcare provider.  If you want to speak with a public health nurse, call (209) 468-3822.

 

CONTACT

Carissa Higginbotham, Public Information Officer

(209) 831-6120

Carissa.higginbotham@cityoftracy.org

              

-COT-

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