SAN DIEGO–The City of San Diego installed new restroom facilities at Tailgate Park in the downtown area to help address the hepatitis A outbreak.
The city prioritized the installation of restrooms at Tailgate Park based on need in the East Village neighborhood.
“We hope these restrooms are well used to help prevent the spread of hepatitis A,” said Jonathan Herrera, the city’s Senior Policy Advisor on Homelessness Coordination. “We will continue to monitor the restrooms and ensure they remain operational.”
Four new temporary portable restrooms were installed in Tailgate Park at 14th and L streets.
They will be maintained per the county’s disinfection guidelines at least two times per day and be monitored with full-time security to ensure a safe environment for users and the surrounding community.
Tailgate Park is the third location where the city has added restrooms since Sept. 15. The first two sites were at First Avenue at C Street, adjacent to City Hall, and 1330 G Street, in the East Village.
There are now 22 public restroom sites throughout downtown.
The city continues to examine additional sites and requests that any downtown property owners with space for portable restrooms to reach out and participate in being part of the solution to this public health emergency. If the site is workable and near at-risk populations, the City will arrange for the installation, maintenance and security of each.
The additional restrooms are part of the city’s ongoing efforts to assist county health officials in preventing the further spread of hepatitis A. Other actions include:
· Implementing new sanitation methods to clean sidewalks and other public rights-of-way in the downtown area. Sanitation has occurred throughout downtown on six days since September 11. The city will consider additional areas for sanitation in the coming weeks.
· Installing 63 handwashing stations in coordination with the county throughout downtown and working to add more in other locations, including Hillcrest and beach communities.
· Coordinating with American Medical Response and the downtown San Diego Partnership to connect 1,278 individuals with free vaccinations at Golden Hall, and hosting county vaccination clinics at several city libraries.
· Providing consistent information and education to community members about hepatitis A and ways to prevent the outbreak’s spread.
The city will continue its efforts to combat hepatitis A in the region.