As the Monterey County, the State of California, and other areas nationwide are under a shelter-in-place order, at PBCSD our priority is the health and welfare of our community and employees. During this extraordinary time our mission continues unabated. The District’s decades of experience in emergency response and preparedness has proven us ready to meet challenges as they arise.
While there is no way to know how long this will last, we want District property owners and residents to rest assured that we are continuing to provide all essential services such as fire protection, emergency medical assistance, supplemental law enforcement, garbage and recycling pick-up, and continual monitoring of our wastewater collection system to protect human health and the environment. We have contingency plans in place and we are strictly following mandated health directives.
The shelter-in-place is essential to slow the spread of the virus so that our healthcare system is not overwhelmed all at once. Slowing the spread (also known as “flattening the curve”) of COVID-19 by reducing opportunities for transmission will save lives by giving fire and law enforcement personnel, hospitals, doctors, and vaccine-manufacturers time to respond and prepare.
The adults over 65 years old and people with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer, and hypertension are at higher risk for more serious illness and should take extra precautions to stay home and distance themselves from others. Consider getting food, medicines, and others essentials delivered to your home. If you think you have symptoms of the virus such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider first for advice before leaving the house.
As a community we have weathered many storms, fires and other emergencies over the years. The social media, and video chat are helpful tools that family, friends, and neighbors can use to stay connected and support each other. If you have an elderly neighbor, consider offering to pick up items to leave outside their door.
As the situation unfolds, you may check our website for periodic updates. For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit CDC.gov or the Monterey County Health Department website. To receive daily updates for Monterey County, text MCCOVID19 to 888-777.