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  AGENDA ITEM NO. I.3.       
Meeting Date: 09/21/2021  

Report regarding Emergency Resolution No. 8065 proclaiming the existence of a local emergency in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) (Fire Chief Topoleski)

On March 17, 2020, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 8065 proclaiming the existence of a "local emergency" in accordance with Chapter 2.52 of the Redlands Municipal Code and determined that there was substantial evidence to proclaim a local emergency due to COVID-19 Pandemic. This proclamation was done after the declaration of a public emergency by the United States Department of Public Health and Human Services, the State of California, and the County of San Bernardino County Health Officer and the Board of Supervisors. 

Since the declaration of the local emergency, the City's Emergency Operations Center was activated and remains at a Level III activation. Additionally, several measures were put in place to adhere to California Department of Public Health and to keep employees and residents safe. Some of these measures have changed since the last update. Below are the latest City and County developments and changes as a result of COVID-19:
  • The City facilities reopened on May 3, 2021, adhering to public health orders that remain in effect. 
  • The Library and the Lincoln Shrine are open to the public with limited hours of operation.
  • The Recreation Division has begun reopening the recreation/senior center facilities.
    • Redlands Community Center hours - Monday thru Friday - 2:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 
    • Redlands Community Senior Center hours - Monday thru Friday - 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    • Joslyn Senior Center hours - Tuesday thru Friday - 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Dance and fitness classes, as well as court rentals are open between the hours of 10:00am to 7:00pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Sports fields are open for recreational activities such as tennis, pickleball, and golf programs, as well as for individual fitness opportunities.
  • The Household Hazardous Waste facility remains open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Regular City Council and Planning Commission meetings are now being held in person. 
  • Updated protocols for the use of Personal Protective Equipment for all Fire Department Operations personnel.
  • Updated protocols for in-person contact with persons reporting crimes.
Updates for San Bernardino County

San Bernardino County, along with the rest of the state, fully reopened its economy on June 15, 2021, eliminating various restrictions and discontinuing the color-coded county tier system.  
  • Restaurants, bars, retail stores, theaters, hotels and entertainment centers have returned to usual operations with no capacity limitations and no requirements for social distancing.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.

Emergency Operations Planning and Response

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains activated at a Level III since it was originally activated on March 16, 2020. A team of Responders was put together consisting of several City Department staff including Fire, Police, Information Technology, Human Resources Risk and Safety Division, Finance, and the City Manager's Office. The objective of the EOC Team, and the City as a whole, is to provide and maintain the safety for all City employees and the community, to keep essential services open and available to the community, provide a consistent message, and reduce the risk of the exposure and spread of COVID-19. Responders met regularly for status briefings and to ensure proper preparation, planning, prevention, and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With a focus on preparation, planning, prevention, and response, the EOC Team included specific roles for a PIO (primary and alternate), for the dissemination of consistent and critical information, a Safety Officer, and a Community Liaison. Additional categories were also added for Operations, Logistics, and Finance & Recovery. The focus of Finance and Recovery is to track personnel and non-personnel expenditures related to COVID-19 in order to seek reimbursement from the state.  

The Latest COVID-19 Statistics:

As of Tuesday, September 14, 2021, COVID-19 numbers in the city of Redlands are as follows:

Comparison per 100,000 (as previously reported)
  • Total Cases: 14,091
  • Community Cases: 13,466
  • Deaths: 327
  • Total Tests: 206,933

Total Cases: 10,160
Community Cases: 9,709
Deaths: 236
Total Tests: 149,197

Vaccinations and Testing

Vaccinations are in good supply and readily available to any resident aged 12 and over, and there are vaccination sites located throughout the County. For more information on COVID-19 vaccinations please visit    

Testing appointments can be made through the San Bernardino County COVID-19 Response website as follows:
Jim Topoleski, Fire Chief

Charles M. Duggan, Jr., City Manager
Janice McConnell, Assistant City Manager

Fiscal Impact
The fiscal impact to the City due to COVID-19 as of September 14, 2021 is as follows:

Personnel: $1,900,184.56   (Fully Burdened)
Non-Personnel: $457,616.13  (Equipment & Supplies)

Total: $2,357,800.69


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