A Message to the Community from San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones Regarding COVID-19

A Message to the Community from San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones Regarding COVID-19


– Hello. I’m San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones. I’m here today to let you know that at the City of San
Marcos, the health and safety of our community is our top priority. We are working around the
clock to keep our city safe, in partnership with regional,
state and federal officials. The coronavirus pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge. But we are ready to meet the challenge. We are here, and we are prepared. We are committed to our city’s core values of keeping our community safe while providing consistent
and responsive service. You can rest assured
that emergency services are fully operational. This means that our firefighters, first responders and sheriff’s
deputies are performing at the highest level to protect
and serve our community. We are keeping as many city
services available as possible. Residents can interact with staff via phone and the San Marcos City App. In addition, we are fully committed to keeping our community informed with timely and accurate information. We launched a dedicated
COVID-19 Response webpage, and we are updating our residents with social media posts and email alerts. We also recognize the importance
of supporting our residents and our businesses in order
to keep our community strong. That’s why we’ve created
a page on our website that lists restaurants,
breweries, and wineries that are open for take-out and delivery. We also list grocery stores with special hours for senior citizens. In addition, the city is
delivering meals to seniors who are signed up for our
senior nutrition program to help ensure that no one in
our community will go hungry. At this time, I’d also
like to encourage everyone to take a moment to remember
what’s truly important: the health and safety of our families, friends, and our community. One thing that I’ve learned over the years is that crisis situations
often ignite a spark that brings out the best in people. That’s why I’m issuing a call to action to every single person in our
community to become a hero. There are four critical steps
that you can take right now that you can remember
with the acronym H-E-R-O. First, I’m asking you to: Help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following all government
orders and guidelines. This includes the stay-at-home order issued by Governor Newsom. Second, I’m asking you to: Educate yourself with facts, not rumors. It’s more important than ever
to share factual information and not inadvertently
spread misinformation. Remember to share official updates from the City, the County, and the CDC. Next, I’m calling on you to: Remain calm. Practice kindness and compassion at home and in the community, even
when that means practicing social distancing to keep each other safe. Finally, it’s critical that you: Opt in for emergency alerts. Sign up for E-news Alerts
on the city’s website, and register for the county’s COVID-19 text message alert system. By following these four steps, we can ensure that we are
putting the health and safety of our collective community first. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “People grow through experience “if they meet life
honestly and courageously.” In closing today, I’d like to say that I know that we have the courage to get through this
together, even if that means remaining physically
separated for the time being. Our city is strong, our country is strong, and we will prevail.

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