As you may already be aware, Mayor Breed declared a local emergency on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 to proactively prepare for possible coronavirus activity in the community. Although there are currently zero confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in San Francisco residents, and the risk to the general public is low, the global picture is changing rapidly and the Mayor’s declaration will aid the City in accelerating emergency planning and increasing preparedness.
As more and more cases are identified in the United States, there is a growing likelihood that we will eventually see a case in San Francisco. If and when this occurs, the San Francisco Department of Public Health will make an announcement on Twitter, in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
Activating Disaster Services Workers from SFO
The Mayor’s declaration mobilizes the City’s resources, including activating Disaster Service Workers (DSWs). Since the declaration, many departments, including SFO, have already contributed staff and resources to ensuring the health and safety of San Francisco residents and visitors, and will continue to support these efforts as needed. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, the City is planning to activate more than 50 additional DSWs beginning this week.
The Airport is ready to deploy the necessary resources and personnel to support the City’s emergency planning efforts. All requests of SFO will be coordinated by Linda Yeung, People, Performance & Development Director and Larry Mares, Emergency Services Manager. These activation calls are mandatory and will require up to a full two-week commitment of personnel. SFO employees who receive a direct request for assistance may contact their supervisor, Linda Yeung and/or Janis Ito in Airport Human Resources. For those who are called, I appreciate your flexibility and commitment to protecting our City and our visitors.
Protecting SFO Employees and Guests
As always, our top priority is the Safety & Security of our workforce and guests. Although the scope continues to expand, the risk of contracting COVID-19 remains relatively low. We are taking our lead from the CDC and the San Francisco Department of Public Health. The most effective thing you can do is to ensure that you are taking the right steps to prevent exposure to the virus.
For more information on how you can help prevent the spread of germs:
CDC web page on the novel coronavirus: www.cdc.gov/covid19
San Francisco Department of Public Health: www.sfcdcp.org/covid19