The City of King is taking proactive steps to help prevent a local outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and to plan the steps necessary to respond effectively if an outbreak should occur. It is important for the community to remain calm, but to take the threat of the coronavirus (COVID -19) seriously, everyone do their part, and especially work together to support each other. Meanwhile, the City has established a comprehensive Coronavirus Emergency Plan to guide the City’s prevention efforts and to help ensure the City will maintain essential services if a local outbreak should occur. A link to the Plan can be found below.
California Water Service has confirmed that the water is safe to use and drink as normal. The World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and Environmental Protection Agency have all confirmed that the water quality treatment processes water suppliers already take to safeguard the water system are effective to keep it safe from viruses, including COVID-19. The utility also has a contingency plan in place to ensure the water system continues to operate properly if some employees are unable to report to work. Therefore, the public does not have to worry about the safety of the water supply during a COVID-19 outbreak.
City Operations, Services and Facilities
The City is following the guidelines of the CDC and CDPH for public gatherings, which recommend cancelling or postponing events where 6 ft. distances between participants cannot be maintained. Unfortunately, this has impacted upcoming events that the City has been planning for the enjoyment of the community. The Census 2020 Kickoff Party that was scheduled on March 22nd was cancelled. The Grand Opening of Aera Soccer Park scheduled on March 28th has been postponed to a date uncertain. In addition, all City recreation and sports programs have been postponed. Park restrooms, play equipment, and picnic areas are also closed.
City offices remain in operation to respond to the community’s essential needs, but by appointment only in order to protect the health of our employees and the public. Anyone in need of City assistance may contact staff members directly by e-mail or call 831-385-3281 for assistance or to make an appointment if in-person service is deemed necessary.
What You Can Do
The City is urging everyone to follow guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to avoid potential exposure to the disease. Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds. Avoid shaking hands and avoid close contact with anyone that is ill. Try to maintain a 6-ft. distance from others. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands. If washing facilities are not convenient, utilize hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Stay home if you become ill and cover your mouth with a tissue or elbow when you cough.
Residents are encouraged to take steps to establish their own plans and preparation. It is always advisable to have supplies on hand if a quarantine situation at home may become necessary, as well as any other type of emergencies that should always be prepared for. However, the City urges the public to avoid stockpiling more items than needed, which makes it difficult for others to obtain necessary supplies. Please also note that price gouging is illegal. Since the Governor has declared a State of Emergency, businesses are prohibited from raising prices on basic goods by over 10%. Residents should report any violations to the City of State Attorney General’s Office. City staff is also patrolling stores to enforce this restriction.
Residents are encouraged to obtain more information from the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html or the Monterey County Health Department website at www.mtyhd.org/covid19. You may also contact 2-1-1 if you have non-medical questions regarding the coronavirus. The situation is changing rapidly. Therefore, the City will be issuing ongoing public information announcements. For these messages, you may go to the City’s website like the City of King facebook page.
While response to COVID-19 is the City’s top priority at this time, the City is also concerned regarding the overall physical, mental and economic health of its residents and businesses. The City will be reaching out to local community and faith organizations to determine how we can best work together to address community needs if the emergency becomes prolonged. The City is working with local merchants on plans to institute a program of delivering supplies to those that may become quarantined because of the disease if it becomes necessary as long as supplies are available. The City is asking anyone that becomes under quarantined and cannot obtain needed supplies to contact the City at 831-385-3281.
The City is coordinating with the Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Development Center to monitor any Federal or State assistance that may become available for local businesses impacted and will ensure that information is shared when received. See the attached flyers on assistance that is currently available. The City is also offering to each restaurant restricted parking spaces for take-out dining to help support continued business.
While this is a very difficult time for everyone, it is also an opportunity to show why King City is such a special community by supporting and helping each other, particularly those that are most in need. The City thanks everyone for your cooperation and patience. Our primary objective is the health and well-being of the community.