COVID-19 reopening update, staff kudos and celebrating our women leaders

Dear Team Carlsbad,

Reopening update

This week we’ve been continuing to work on city facility reopening plans. No dates have been finalized yet but next week we anticipate we’ll know more and share an update about our phased approach to returning to work and what limited in-person services we’ll begin offering again at city facilities.

A year into navigating many changes, we understand that reopening city facilities is going to change how some of us have been working. We remain committed to making this transition as seamless as possible and are here to support you through this transition. We want to make sure we have all the right resources and protocols in place to protect both you and the community. Reopening is an exciting step, but your safety and health are our top priorities.

Thank you for your patience and continued dedication to public service during yet another unique time as we plan, prepare and get resources in place.

Vaccination update

Last Saturday we sent out another round of vaccine appointments through Operation Collaboration. Both site appointments are already filled, but if you’d still like to get vaccinated and are eligible, you can go through a county vaccination site or local pharmacy.

For eligibility, you can see the full guidelines on the county website and answers to commonly asked questions are available on the city website. Members of the city’s COVID-19 task force are also available to talk to city employees. Here are points of contact:

Judy von Kalinowski: 760-473-4670

Darrin Schwabe: 760-271-5548

Kevin Lynds: 619-253-1412

Employee cases

Since my last update, we’ve had two new employee cases of COVID-19, one which resulted in a workplace exposure. As a reminder, a workplace exposure happens when someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19 has been in a city building while contagious. If this happens in a building where you work, you'll get a notification via email. Here are answers to other COVID-19 FAQs you may have.

At home, at work or out in public, please continue to be vigilant against COVID-19. Mask up, keep your distance, wash your hands and get vaccinated as soon as you’re eligible. We all play an active role in keeping COVID-19 cases down in our community and protecting others.

Teamwork that leads to helping save people’s lives

GenMark Diagnostics is one of many large companies specializing in life sciences that is in Carlsbad’s business parks around Palomar Airport. Last year they received emergency use authorization from the FDA for a rapid result COVID-19 test (remember when COVID-19 testing was so scarce last year?). Even while closed to in-person services, city staff in Community Development were able to find unique solutions, getting GenMark the right permits and support in a short period of time. With the city’s help, GenMark was able to successfully contribute to the fight against COVID-19.

We appreciate the kudos from GenMark’s president and CEO:

“On behalf of the entire GenMark team I wanted to thank you for your support and efforts to help us complete our project on time and on budget. This wasn’t a simple project, but with your help we were able to pull off the unexpected.

We started the search for our new facility nearly one year ago. In only 6 months after starting the search, we were producing testing kits to help save people’s lives. My team has specifically talked about the city’s support, stating this wouldn’t be possible without their help. Truly and personally, I cannot thank you enough for being flexible, understanding, and so supportive of our mission to deliver molecular diagnostic tests designed to improve patient outcomes.”

Now that’s amazing teamwork! Kudos to all staff involved for their dedication and innovative problem solving!

Celebrating women – past and present

All month long, thanks to the research of staff with Genealogy & Carlsbad History, we’ve been able to highlight some influential female leaders in our city’s history and share historical photos from the library’s Carlsbad History Collection. And at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, council members Cori Schumacher, Dr. Priya Bhat Patel and Teresa Acosta presented a proclamation to recognize National Women’s History Month.

It was also my honor to recognize this year’s scholarship winners to LEAD San Diego’s ADVANCE class, a prestigious professional and personal development program designed specifically for women to elevate their growth through coaching, mentorship and skill building.

I am confident in each of these women’s positive influence in our organization and in our community. Please join me in congratulating our three scholarship winners!

50,000 senior meals and counting

Our Parks & Recreation team reached an incredible milestone last week – 50,000 meals served to seniors since the beginning of the pandemic!

Take a look at this video showing how staff are serving up more than just meals.

Award winning Utilities team

Monday was World Water Day, a day to celebrate the value of water. Part of that value includes the talented and skilled water and wastewater professionals we have as teammates who work every day to provide and maintain safe and reliable water and infrastructure.

It comes as no surprise to hear they were recently recognized with the 2020 Collection System of the Year award for wastewater systems for the San Diego region (the third time in the last five years!) by the California Water Environment Association.

Congrats to all the dedicated staff on this well-deserved recognition. Below are just a few of our talented Utilities team members.

This email was full of staff kudos, and deservingly so! Each and every department is doing amazing, meaningful work in our community, all while responding with herculean efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic in your unique ways.

We’re at yet another transition time as we look to reopening, but I am confident that we’ll tackle the new challenges with team support and communication. I’ll be in touch next week with more reopening details. Thank you, Team Carlsbad. I’m grateful to serve the community alongside you all.

Miss my last update? Read it here.