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Update: Grossmont has secured a supply of masks and no longer asks for public help to sew masks, though donations of N95 masks are still appreciated.

By Miriam Raftery

March 22, 2020 (La Mesa) – Grossmont Healthcare District CEO Barry Jantz announced today on Facebook that while Sharp Grossmont Hospital currently has an adequate supply of masks, those supplies are expected to dwindle as ability to replace them becomes difficult nationwide. 

“Therefore, the district will be accepting donations of regular paper and hand-sewn masks,” he states. “On Monday a central donation site will be established for the various hospitals in the Sharp system, including Grossmont. A phone number may also be established for coordination of donations. Instructions on hand sewn masks will be included.”

The announcement follows inquiries from community members.  “Thanks so much for the community stepping up on this in such a significant way! You are all so much appreciated!,” Jantz concludes.

In an email sent to ECM, Jantz also provided links to information he’s been reading about on COVID-19, along with this note:

“No, I cannot vouch for the veracity of all of the articles, nor do I endorse all the opinions, but found the info interesting and useful (or very sad).  I will not share easily verifiable false information. For instance, NO, Stanford is NOT saying a "hold your breath test" can determine if you are symptomatic. Anyone can Google that in five seconds and see it is false.”

Staying on task during COVID-19 -- Five actionable steps -- Getting Things Done (GTD) system based on working at home instead of at work

Sheltering in Place: What You Need to Know | KQED News -- This is a good overview of what the governors order means and the exempt sectors. (Suggest clicking through to read Santa Clara county's order for specifics.)

Hospitals Stockpile Drug Trump Says Could Treat Covid-19

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Coronavirus tests should go only to health care workers and hospitalized in hard-hit states, say officials - The Washington Post

Why have so many coronavirus patients died in Italy? The country's high death toll is due to an aging population, overstretched health system and the way fatalities are reported

Coronavirus obituaries fill the newspaper in Bergamo, Italy - The Washington Post -- Many funerals are taking place with only a priest and funeral-home employee present, while family members face restrictions on gathering

Assembly Member Melissa Melendez -- Several legislators are sharing info, of course. Melissa is sharing a lot of support resources on her page.

Facebook: San Diego Volunteers for the Coronavirus

Sharp HealthCare

Great resource from Johns Hopkins University for tracking reported cases of COVID-19

All the world and regional stats on COVID-19 in one place

State of CA - Coronavirus COVID-19 Response

…and the best local resource, County of San Diego