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COVID-19 UPDATE | The City is coordinating closely with our public health officials at the Santa Cruz County Health Department to prevent the further spread COVID-19. In an effort to protect you and our community, changes and measures have been adopted in daily operations and activities. For further details please click here for the City’s Response to COVID-19

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Joint Statement from the Santa Cruz Police Department and Fire Department Regarding COVID-19

Post Date:03/13/2020 10:55 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
March 13, 2020

Contact: Ralph Dimarucut
 (831) 420-5017

Joint Statement from the Santa Cruz Police Department and Fire Department Regarding COVID-19

SANTA CRUZ, CA – As COVID-19 continues to spread in our community residents of the City of Santa Cruz can be assured public safety agencies have thoroughly prepared to address issues as they arise, and have thoughtfully prepared contingency plans to manage the potential exponential growth of this disease. Police, Fire, and EMS are diligently working together, and are in constant communication with the County Department of Public Health, the City Manager’s Office, and our colleagues throughout the county and state. We are prepared to continue to respond to calls for police and fire services, as well as managing the effect of COVID-19 within Santa Cruz.

As we prepare operational plans, we are mindful that COVID-19 will disproportionately and adversely impact our front line operations personnel. We must protect them from exposure to provide continued service to the community. The very nature of their job dictates that they interact with people who have compromised immune systems or are actively sick with COVID-19. To minimize exposure to our personnel, and to the public, we have implemented the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), thorough decontamination protocols, and triage of calls to maintain the ability to respond for the most serious of incidents.

Finally, should multiple officers and firefighters become exposed and quarantined, our remaining dedicated staff are prepared to work. Plans for maintaining staffing to provide the most critical of our public safety missions are in place. Staffing may be adjusted, and response modified, but rest assured we will respond to aid those in need and to maintain law and order.

Should you have questions, you can reach out to the police and fire chiefs at the contact numbers listed below.

 Andrew G. Mills
Chief of Police
(831) 420-5816
 Jason Hajduk
Fire Chief
(831) 420-5208

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