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A message to the community from San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones regarding COVID-19

Post Date:03/24/2020 12:17 PM

 San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones is issuing a message to the community. You can view the video here. The text from the video message is listed below:

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, email 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 an Open for Business 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 community.

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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.

Let me explain. What I mean is that there are four critical steps that you can take right now that you can remember with the acronym H-E-R-O.

  • 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 and all public health orders.
                                            
  • 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, the State and the CDC.

  • Remain calm. 
    • Practice kindness and compassion at home and in the community – even when that means practicing social distancing to keep each other safe. 

  • 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.

Thank you.

—San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones

You can learn more about the City's response to COVID-19, including current facility and program closures, by visiting www.san-marcos.net/covid19.

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