Health Officials Urge Residents to Stay at Home Except for Essential Needs

San Diego County local government leaders and health officials are calling on all residents to follow the "stay at home" order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday.

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said at a Friday afternoon news conference, "What is clear is the county and the state want you to stay home."

Fletcher said that unless you work at one of the essential businesses allowed in the governor's order, you need to follow the order. The order, he said, does allow people to go to grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and banks and other businesses listed as essential.

County Public Health Officer Dr. Wilma Wooten called on all residents to only leave your home for essential needs and when you do, be sure to follow social distancing practices keeping at least six feet away from others and to wash your hands frequently.

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, at a news conference at City Hall, called on all residents in San Diego to follow Gov.Newsom's stay at home order. "It is the best way to get through this protect public health and slow the spread of the virus\.": said Faulconer.

Mayor Faulconer said he agrees with the Trump administration and the Mexican government for the agreement to temporarily close the international border except for essential travel only and trade. The new border crossing restrictions will be in place for 30 days unless ended earlier..

Latest Report on Local Coronavirus Cases

Through 5 p.m. Friday, the County total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 131 — up by 26 from Thursday — with no deaths.

Of the 131 cases 110 were San Diego County residents and 10 were non-residents. Cases under federal quarantine also increased to 11, up by three from Thursday.

Eighty-three of the 131 cases were people between the ages of 20 and 49; 14 were between 50 and 59; and 32 were 60 or older. The County’s daily coronavirus in San Diegowebpagenow also breaks down the number ofcases by city and unincorporated communities.

(Photo credit San Diego County Newscenter)

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