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Posted on: April 5, 2020

COVID-19 Update from Mayor James “Stew” Stewart: STAY IN PLACE, COVER YOUR FACE - April 5 @ 11am

Mayor Stewart Stay In Place Maintain Your Space Cover Your Face

The recently published infographic put out by the County (see bottom) shows the startling reality of how fast the COVID-19 virus will spread and how the number of confirmed cases will exceed the available hospital beds for our County if we don’t change our behavior. These graphs are projections of what WILL happen if we all don’t take this seriously and heed the Public Health Officer’s orders. All Temecula residents need to do our part by only going out when absolutely necessary. When going out, maintain social/physical distancing by staying 6-feet apart and wear any type of face cover available. Together, everyone CAN change the projections and flatten the curve. Note, the progressively more stringent public health officer orders are a result of current measures not effectively changing the trajectory of the outbreak in our community. 


The City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been activated and receives situational summaries almost daily from the Riverside County Emergency Management Department (County EMD) and Riverside University Health System-Public Health (RUHS-Public Health), the local agencies responsible for oversight of this type of emergency in our region. City EOC staff are in regular communication with County EMD who are in direct contact with all local hospitals, coordinating the region’s response to the anticipated “surge”; Temecula Valley Hospital included. Each hospital has submitted its pre-planned operational response to an anticipated surge to County EMD. Each hospital also reports available bed count and patient census to County EMD daily. The City’s EOC is working to support the County’s response to this public health emergency as needed. 

COVID-19 Modeling Infographic 600

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