COVID-19 case updates, kudos to fire and water staff, voting safely

Good afternoon Team Carlsbad,

San Diego County remains in the red tier, the 2nd most restrictive tier. Last week, public health officials warned about our rising numbers. Within our team, we’ve had one additional employee test positive for COVID-19 since my last update. HR is already in touch with individuals for potential workplace exposure protocols.

As a reminder, all employees who report to the workplace must use the self-screening stations before entering a building. Please check your temperature and be diligent to monitor for symptoms.

Considering the county’s warning for rising COVID-19 numbers, now is not the time to be complacent at work or out in the community. We all have a shared responsibility for the safety of ourselves, our team members and our loved ones.

I know it seems like we’re bombarded with the same messaging over and over, but your individual actions really do make a difference to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to follow all COVID-19 health precautions:

  • Work remotely if you can

  • If you need to come to the office:

  • Utilize the self-screening stations

  • Cover your face according to our face covering policy

  • Maintain a 6-foot distance from others

  • Wipe down commonly used surfaces often

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently

  • Don’t bring in food to share from a common container, plate, etc.

  • Practice all other health precautions and health order provisions in your daily lives to avoid infection.

  • Limit gatherings to no more than three households

  • Meet outside rather than indoors

  • Avoid crowds

  • Stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been around someone who has

Your health and safety continue to be the city’s top priorities. One way we’ve prioritized that is Facilities implemented guidance from the CDC and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. Staff evaluated every city building and its air filtration and HVAC systems to make sure we’re following all the latest safety guidance. From air flow to frequent disinfecting of desks and commonly touched areas and objects, we want to make sure you are safe and protected if you must come into the workplace.

Kudos to the Fire Department for virtual fire prevention week

October has been another month of record setting hot temperatures in our region. October is also when we host a series of events for Fire Prevention Week and I want to give a kudos to our Fire Department for adapting to the times and hosting virtual events.

Firefighters from Fire Station 3 hosted a Facebook Live event where they shared kitchen cooking safety tips.

What’s the number one leading cause of kitchen fires? Leaving food unattended – think your stovetop, toaster oven, bbqs...

Check out the replay of the Facebook live video and learn some new safety cooking tips along the way! Hint: Don’t dump a full glass of water on a grease fire. Use a fire extinguisher, put a lid on it or use baking soda or salt.

Thank you water professionals

Last week was Water Professionals Week, and I also want to recognize all the people who make sure when you turn on the tap, you get a safe and reliable water supply. With many of our team members serving in the Carlsbad Municipal Water District, they help 30,000 of our residents have access to clean drinking water. Check out the collage below for all the different and unique ways they serve in the community and this short video highlighting one of our accounting technicians.

So many of our city departments and teams are also doing incredible work during this time. If your team has a success story to share, I want to hear about it. Email your stories and any pictures to

Early voting safety – ballot drop off at libraries

Early voting is in full swing in San Diego County and across the nation. Locally in Carlsbad and outside of your work hours, you can return your ballot safely and securely at one of five locations.

Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive Library Learning Center, 3368 Eureka Place YMCA Gymnastics Center, 6100 Avenida Encinas The Landings, 2198 Palomar Airport Road Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane

As a reminder, you have the right to participate in political activities in your own time but not during or in the course of your work. Do not use city resources (i.e. email, office supplies, copiers, employee time, vehicles, etc.) for or in support or opposition of political activities, including supporting a candidate or advocating for a ballot measure.

Otherwise, I fully support exercising your right to vote!

Checking in- how do you feel?

We’re entering another month of COVID-19 response. While extremely challenging, it’s also crazy to think about how we’ve adapted and all the ways we’ve shown our resiliency individually and as a team.

If no one has told you lately:

You are strong. You are resilient. You are valued.

With that, be on the lookout this week for a survey. I’d love to hear from you about what you need during this time and how you’re staying connected as a valuable Team Carlsbad member.

Thank you for your public service. I appreciate each one of you!

Have a great week!

Miss my last update? Read it here and get other staff updates and training opportunities on the staff page.