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City Manager Update - June 26, 2020

Post Date:06/26/2020 1:22 PM

The City Manager's Update is a regular news briefing that is provided to the citizens of Galt. The Update includes important City news, updates on key initiatives and projects, and how the City is delivering services and responding to any concerns from our community.

Thomas J. Haglund, Interim City Manager

BI-WEEKLY REPORT - June 26, 2020

The City of Galt has seen a sudden rise in the number of COVID-19 cases recently and City officials are urging residents and businesses to stay vigilant and continue taking precautions to mitigate the spread of the virus. As of Friday, June 26, Sacramento County public health officials reported 2,512 total cases of COVID-19, with 1,552 of those likely recovered, and 66 deaths. The City of Galt comprises 76 of the total 2,512 cases, and has yet to report any deaths. The number of cases in Galt was 12 on May 1, and has since increased to 76, indicating continued spread of the virus throughout the community. County officials attribute most of the spread in Galt to private/family and friends gatherings, with infected persons then going out into the community.

In neighboring San Joaquin County cases of COVID-19 have jumped more than 300% from May, to 2,884 total cases, with 49 deaths as of June 26. The county continues to have limited ICU beds available at its seven area hospitals.

City officials are imploring residents and businesses to take the appropriate health and safety precautions to help limit the spread of the virus in the community. The best defense against COVID-19 continues to be:
• Staying at home and physical distancing
• Wearing a face covering in public places
• Washing hands frequently
• Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
• Avoiding being around people with COVID-19 symptoms

Gora Aquatic Center is scheduled to open July 1 for the 2020 season. Sacramento County guidelines will be in effect. Swimming lessons, public and lap swim will have a different schedule than past years. Currently there are three sessions for swimming lessons. Please contact the Parks & Recreation Department for more information at 209.366.7180

Stagehands Theater Summer Camp is now offering two classes. The first session is occurring now, June 22 - 26. The second class is scheduled for June 29 - July 3. Due to restrictions, each session is limited to 10 students. The end of camp performance for families to attend will not be offered this year. Stagehands may offer an additional two weeks of camp in July for younger youth to participate. For more information, contact Parks & Recreation at 209.366.7180.

Summer SOAR Camp
Staff participated in a Zoom meeting with school district representatives on June 24 to discuss the options/possibility of offering SOAR and ASES for the upcoming school year, more details to come.
Staff is working on the participant and staff manuals and plan on opening registration to the Summer SOAR camp program no later than June 29. The Parks & Recreation will be offering a shortened and altered Summer SOAR Camp this season. Summer SOAR will be held in two-week sessions Monday – Friday from 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm. The first session will begin on July 13 and the second session will begin on July 27. A maximum of 36 participants between grades 1 – 6 will be able to register for the program.
All participants will be required to pay for the entire two week session regardless of the days they plan to attend and cannot change groups during their session. Participants will be split into 3 groups of 12 and each group will alternated time spent at the pool during public swim, in the Parks & Recreation classroom and Chabolla doing various activities. Weather permitting, they may do outdoor activities on Veterans Field. For more information contact Parks & Recreation at 209.366.7180.

Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels will restart on Tuesday, June 30. Staff and volunteers will meet in the Parks & Recreation parking lot. Staff will transfer the meals to the vehicles for volunteers to deliver.

Lights for Heroes
Lights for Heroes will be held at Galt Market Grounds, 610 Chabolla Avenue, June 26 - 28 between 8:30 pm and 10:00 pm. This dynamic drive through light display will honor first responders, military, local essential workers and our healthcare providers. A special recognition photo display on video will highlight our honoree, Fallen City of Galt Police Officer, Kevin Tonn.

The drive through will conclude with an entire scene in a tribute to survivors of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. A statue standing 35 feet tall will be displayed in honor of one of the most recent fallen heroes, 98 year old, 1st Class Petty Officer, Delton “Wally” E. Wailing, of the U.S. Navy. There will also be an animated light display with audio and visual effects that will reenact a small glimpse of the reality soldiers experienced that unfortunate day at Pearl Harbor. See attached flyer

Special Events
Friday Night Farmers Market, Fourth Street Promenade, every Friday June 5 – September 25

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