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Posted on: March 27, 2020

City of Temecula COVID-19 - Message from Mayor Stewart

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Temecula Residents, Business Owners and Community Members: Up until this afternoon, Riverside University Health System-Public Health (Public Health) has only reported confirmed cases of COVID-19 on a countywide and sub-region basis. Public Health announced that they will now start releasing COVID-19 numbers broken down by city using zip-codes, which may skew some of the numbers. 

There are 185 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Riverside County (as of 3/27/2020, 3:00 p.m.). 16 cases are confirmed in zip-codes covering the City of Temecula. Although it is alarming to see these numbers, the City of Temecula is the economic hub for the Southwest Region of Riverside County, and contains the vast majority of commerce and density for the sub-region. The number of confirmed cases shall serve as a further warning for Temecula Valley residents to stay at home and do their part to flatten the curve. It is also important to know that as our Valley now has access to more testing facilities, more cases will be discovered and then treated. To protect patient privacy, we don’t know where these cases are within our City. As cases are being confirmed, patients are being treated and isolated.

A case in Temecula does not reflect where someone was infected. Someone could have been infected while traveling, while at work or while just out and about. A Temecula case could also be a patient from another city who was taken to a hospital or other healthcare provider in our city. And, of course, some patients could be exposed through person-to-person spread. They also could be exposed from what’s known as community spread — cases with no connection to travel, personal contact or other clear cause.

So what does this mean for you?

For most, given our already high state of awareness, knowing of confirmed cases here doesn’t bring any greater concern, it was expected; for many, this will be a reality check and force them to pause and consider stepping up their diligence in adhering to existing County Public Health Officer orders. For a few, it may heighten anxieties. Whichever category you fall in, rest assured City of Temecula Public Safety personnel are ready, trained and equipped to handle COVID-19. Our City Emergency Operations Center is in regular communication with our County partners and poised to support the local public health officials when called upon. Our local hospital, and supporting healthcare providers, have been operating with the presumption they are providing medical care to exposed patients, even prior to testing confirming it.

We need you to keep doing what you’re doing. Stay at home as much as possible. Take precautions and keep following public health best practices, and keep following the City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We are in this together and will get through this together.

Temecula Mayor James “Stew” Stewart

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