San Diego County places hand washing stations throughout city

And other COVID-19 prevention steps

March 18, 2020
Portable Hand Washing

John Moore

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In an effort to lower the risk of potential spread of the corona virus among people who are homeless, The Health and Human Services Agency announced they'll be placing handwashing stations in cities and unincorporated areas of the county. 

As of this posting sixty-six handwashing stations have been placed in the City of San Diego.

“Next to sequestering those who are ill, frequent and proper handwashing is one of the best ways to prevent COVID-19,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer. “We’re placing stations across the region so that people who are homeless can have a place to wash their hands with soap and water.”

In addition to the handwashing stations, the County is preparing to send Homeless Outreach Teams into the streets to educate people who are homeless on how to prevent the spread of the virus and hand out supply kits that include helpful information.

San Diego County is also increasing the public health nurse presence at the City of San Diego’s bridge shelters in order to screen people for symptoms of respiratory illness. They will assess on an ongoing basis the need for support at other shelter locations. And the county is preparing to enhance its ability to house people who might need to be quarantined.

HHSA health information specialists have been trained on how to provide COVID-19 presentations in the community for businesses, community, and faith-based organizations.

On March 3, Wooten sent letters to all city managers informing them she was installing additional handwashing stations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 locally.

The County is ready to procure, pay for and place temporary handwashing stations in areas that would benefit the most from this preventive measure.

Read more: San Diego Community News Group