Editor’s Letter: Pandemic Blues
With this issue, Point Loma-OB Monthly starts its third year of publication.
Due to the “stupid frickin virus” (I borrow the phrase from the storefront sign at The Coffee Method in OB pictured above) this edition has no spring calendar, no photos of community gatherings and no one-on-ones with civic leaders.
Nothing fun is happening and we’re quarantined, sheltering-in-place, just like all of you. I so miss my favorite pizza places in the Peninsula!
Of course, life is still going on during this COVID-19 pandemic, making stressful situations even MORE stressful. Heartfelt hang-in-theres to families coping with weddings, births, anniversaries, graduations, layoffs, financial hits, crisis surgeries and, yes, even deaths at this time. The news media is slammed with such stories and we can only hope this pandemic, too, shall pass.
As we go to press, Mayor Kevin Faulconer issued a call for retired paramedics, nursing students, medical residents and behavioral health providers to register with the State of California and perform paid work in what is expected to be a surge in COVID-19 related cases in the coming weeks.
“We must be ready to provide the medical services necessary to save lives,” he said. “This is a statewide effort and I know San Diegans will rise to the occasion and do their part to help.”
District 2 City Council member Jennifer Campbell added: “We need the help of anyone with a medical background to ensure San Diego is prepared.”
Those interested in joining the California Health Corps may visit sandiego.gov/coronavirus
(For more on the California “Stay At Home” order, including what’s closed, what’s open and which industries are exempted by the state, visit COVID19.ca.gov)
Please stay safe, everyone!
— Editor Susan DeMaggio can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org