Borrego Springs COVID-19 Task Force

Borrego Springs COVID-19 Task Force

Statement for Distribution by Borrego Springs Elementary School & School District


The Borrego Springs COVID-19 Task Force was formed and began to meet Tuesday, March 17.  The Task Force is going full speed ahead to set up an information collection and distribution channel to provide Borrego Springs residents with information (in English and Spanish) from credible sources so they can protect themselves and other residents.

Task Force members were chosen for their backgrounds in preventive medicine (Bruce Kelley, Chair), healthcare (Caroline Manildi), business (David Leibert), and leadership roles in community organizations (Martha Deichler, Betsy Knaak, Ernie Loza, and Diane Johnson).


Task Force members are accumulating information from more than 40 agencies and organizations.  We are asking 15 local organizations that have large memberships to periodically forward (via email, social media, etc.) to its members information that will be provided by the Task Force. We are asking community leadership groups like Borrego Springs Elementary School and School District to encourage their students and families to expect to receive periodic releases of information.  The Task Force expects to also have a website go live Wednesday evening (March 25th).  The site will start with links to extensive information about COVID-19 and with Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), many specific to Borrego Springs, such as how to get tested in Borrego Springs.  The website should be fully functional the following Tuesday (March 31st).

The Task Force received initial funding from the Borrego Valley Endowment Fund to launch its initial projects.  More funding will be needed so BVEF has volunteered to be the recipient and manager of such donations.

Please stay tuned and help the Task Force get credible and actionable information in the hands of residents. 


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