Dana Point Ratifies COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation Tuesday March 17 2020.
Dana Point City Council Unanimously passed a resolution of COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation on March 17 2020.
Dana Point ratified the COVID-19 Emergency Proclamation in response to the “threat to the health, safety and welfare of residents and visitors of Dana Point and Orange County from COVID-19.”
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Dana Point Emergency Declaration enhances the City’s emergency preparedness and response and review the continuing need for the local emergency every 14 days or as required.
Dana Point Can Effectively Respond to A Potential COVID-19 Outbreak
Emergency Proclamation Allows The City to put in place a framework that supports
Continuity of Essential Public Services
Seek and Utilize Mutual Aid
Potentially obtain reimbursement for expenses incurred to address the pandemic
Ensure the City has all available tools at its disposal to keep the community safe.
COVID is A Serious Public Health Threat
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) anticipates that widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the United States will occur.
The (CDC) currently believes that symptoms appear two to 14 days after exposure; however, this is not certain.
(Based on experience with other coronaviruses that cause severe respiratory illness)
While the vast majority of individuals (approximately 87 to 98 percent) will have mild to no symptoms, or will eventually recover if they do become significantly ill, a small portion of those infected of about two to three percent will become severely ill resulting in death.
It is highly contagious and may be spread by asymptomatic individuals.
Much is unknown about the nature of the virus such as the exact modes of transmission, the factors facilitating human-to-human transmission, the extent of asymptomatic viral shedding, mutations, basic reproduction number, and the case fatality rate.
Experts disagree about the incubation period and appropriate quarantine period.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 or specific antiviral treatment that has been found to be effective.
The virus is spread between people primarily via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Symptoms of the virus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Infected individuals have experienced a range of outcomes, from mild sickness to severe illness.
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently believes that symptoms appear two to 14 days after exposure; however, this is not certain. While the vast majority of individuals (approximately 87 to 98 percent) will have mild to no symptoms, or will eventually recover if they do become significantly ill, a small portion of those infected of about two to three percent will become severely ill resulting in death.
Dana Point Explains Timeline of COVID-19
December 2019: A novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province in China.
January 30 2020: World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern.
January 31 2020: The United States Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared this global outbreak a public health emergency for the United States.
February 25 2020: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on February 25 2020 that community spread of COVID-19 is likely to occur in the United States.
February 26 2020: The County of Orange declared a local emergency and a local health emergency.
March 4 2020: The State of California proclaimed a State of Emergency
March 11 2020: The World Health Organization has elevated the public health emergency to the status of a pandemic.
March 12 2020: Governor Newsom issued Executive Order N-25-20, declaring that state and local public health officials may, as they deem necessary in the interest of public health, issue guidance limiting or recommending limitations upon attendance at public assemblies, conferences, or other mass events, which could cause the cancellation of such gatherings through no fault or responsibility of the parties involved, thereby constituting a force majeure.
March 16 2020: The World Health Organization reported that, to date, there were 167,832 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 6,485 of which resulted in death, across 157 countries.
March 16 2020: The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported that, to date, California has 335 confirmed cases of COVID-19, six of which have resulted in death.
CDPH also reported that approximately 11,100 Californians who returned to the United States after travel are self-monitoring.
March 17 2020: No Reported Cases of COVID-19 in Dana Point
Dana Point Defines A Local Emergency
Government Code section 8558
Defines a local emergency as “the duly proclaimed existence of conditions of disaster or of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property within the territorial limits of a county, city and county, or city, caused by conditions such as air pollution, fire, flood, storm, epidemic, riot, drought, … or other conditions, other than conditions resulting from a labor controversy, which are or are likely to be beyond the control of the services, personnel, equipment, and facilities of that political subdivision and require the combined forces of other political subdivisions to combat.”
Government Code section 8630
The City Council can proclaim the existence of a local emergency.
Under Dana Point Municipal Code (DPMC) section 2.20.060, the City Council or City Manager, as the Director of Emergency Services, can proclaim the existence of a local emergency.
Once the existence of a local emergency is proclaimed, neighboring jurisdictions and the State have the power to provide mutual aid to address the emergency conditions.
Government Code section 8630
Once proclaimed, the City Council is required to review the need for continuing the local emergency at least every 60 days until the local emergency is terminated, and must proclaim the termination of the local emergency at the earliest possible date that conditions warrant.
Currently, the Governor has suspended review requirement.
Dana Point Fiscal Impact
Ratification of the Emergency Proclamation will not incur any costs to the City.
City costs associated with any response or supply purchases are being covered by existing department budgets, but will be tracked separately.
Staff will pursue federal and State reimbursement for all City costs incurred once funding assistance is approved.
Dana Point Additional Online Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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