County urges use of masks
Community outbreaks of COVID-19 are one of 13 triggers San Diego County is closely monitoring to determine whether to stop or dial back the reopening of the local economy. With seven or more outbreaks over a seven-day period, the County is forced to modify the local Health Officer Order and take additional measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. An outbreak consists of three or more cases.

Over the past seven days, eight outbreaks have been traced back to community settings, such as people’s homes, food manufacturers, churches and restaurants. The County is contacting anyone at those locations identified as close contacts of positive cases.

County health officials are asking the public and local businesses to adhere to the local public health guidance to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks.

  • If you’re sick, stay home and isolate yourself from others.
  • If you need to be in public, you must use a face covering if you are close to people outside your household. The coverings help prevent asymptomatic carriers of the virus from spreading it.
  • Maintain physical distance from others.
  • Avoid crowded places to decrease your risk of exposure.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, throw it away and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands properly and regularly or use a hand sanitizer.
  • If you’re out and about and notice that a business is not following the health guidance, report them to your local police department by calling the non-emergency number (

State says “I do” to weddings
The state has lifted its restriction on weddings, and they can now occur provided they follow the state guidance. No wedding receptions are permitted. Indoor weddings are not to exceed 25 percent of a facility’s capacity or 100 people and participants must wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing. Face coverings and social distancing are required for outdoor weddings.
José A. Álvarez
County of San Diego Communications Office

COVID-19 cases in 92131
The County of San Diego reported cases of coronavirus in the 92131 ZIP Code area of Scripps Ranch has increased to 26 cases – three more than last week. Cases in Mira Mesa are up to 125, 11 more than last week. Poway has 58 cases, also an increase of 11 over the last week. San Diego County reports the cases, broken down by residence listed for each patient.



Wolff plays live on Saturday
Scripps Ranch rock musician Steve Wolff will perform Saturday evening, June 20, “Live from the Lockdown” #18, starting at 5:30 p.m. Here is the link:



Write Out Loud gains Big Read Grant

Write Out Loud is a recipient of a grant of $15,000 to host the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read in San Diego. An Arts Endowment initiative in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Write Out Loud is one of 84 nonprofit organizations selected to receive an NEA Big Read grant to support a community reading program between September 2020 and June 2021. The NEA Big Read in San Diego will focus on “The Essential Emily Dickinson” – a selection of poems by Dickinson, introduced by Joyce Carol Oates.

Activities with students will begin in the fall and community wide events will take place through the month of April 2021. Local partners for this project include San Diego Public Library, The Book Catapult, Playwright’s Project, San Diego Writers INK, Vocabulary Boutique, Juvenile Court Schools, San Diego Unified School District and other schools throughout the county.


It’s kitten season!

Sprinkle some joy into your life with a fun and frolicking kitten. The San Diego County Department of Animal Services is hoping to find forever homes for several litters that are now available – and if this week isn’t a good time, don’t worry, more kittens will be ready in the weeks ahead.

Currently, Animal Services is only offering Touchless Adoptions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect both the public and shelter staff. Do not come to either of the shelters without first calling (619) 767-2675 to make an appointment.
Potential adopters are asked to browse Animal Service’s website for available kittens, cats and more, then fill out an application for the animal(s) they want and email it to Animal Services staff will contact people in the order their application was received and conduct the adoption process over the phone.

Once the lucky person is approved to adopt a new furry family member, they will be scheduled for an appointment to come to one of the shelter locations to pick up the kitten, cat or other animal.

Yvette Urrea Moe
County of San Diego Communications Office



Cheetah cub is thriving
In between eating her morning meal, a 7-week-old cheetah cub played and pounced in an indoor nursery area at the Ione and Paul Harter Animal Care Center, at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The curious little feline hasn’t yet been named, and weighs just over 5 pounds. Since the cub arrived at the nursery at 2 days old, wildlife care specialists have been bottle-feeding her a formula specifically designed for cheetahs, weighing her daily to monitor her health and simulating the grooming she would normally receive from her mother. As she has grown, the bottle feedings have become less frequent and the cub is now primarily eating formula mixed with meat. She recently moved from the nursery to a larger area so she has more room to run and play as she grows larger.

The female cub was born April 29 to first-time mother Mary Jane, at the Safari Park’s Cheetah Breeding Center. The youngster will remain at the Safari Park for about three months and then will move to the San Diego Zoo, joining other cheetahs and becoming an ambassador for her species.

Padres and Blood Bank collect more than 300 units 
More than 350 units of blood were collected over three days this week at the fourth annual Padres Summer Blood Drive, presented by Sycuan Casino. The drive began June 16 at Petco Park’s Lexus Premier Parking lot. Every year, the Padres Sumer Blood Drive kicks off San Diego Blood Bank’s appeal to the community to donate during the summer months. This drive marked the first time community bloodmobiles were in the community since the onset of COVID-19. Supplies are always low during summer with schools out of session. This summer is particularly challenging as many partners are not able to host blood drives due to work from home policies.

To be eligible to donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 114 pounds, and be in general good health. Eligible blood donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment at or calling 1-800-4-MY-SDBB (1-800-469-7322).



Moving day for hippo mom and calf
This week, just in time for the San Diego Zoo’s official reopening to the public on June 20, a 2-month-old male pygmy hippopotamus and his mother, Mabel, graduated from their maternity habitat to the larger main pygmy hippo habitat in the Lost Forest area of the Zoo. The calf, now weighing 40 pounds, has been named Akobi, which means first-born in the Yoruba language spoken in West Africa.

Mabel gave birth to Akobi on April 9.  Zoo guests can see Mabel and Akobi in the Lost Forest habitat from morning until early afternoon, when 13-year-old male pygmy hippo Elgon enters the main habitat. Akobi will not have contact with Elgon, because pygmy hippos do not live in family groups and male pygmy hippos do not play a role in the rearing of offspring.


June issue of Scripps Ranch News arrives
Look for the June issue of Scripps Ranch News in your home’s mailbox next week starting Tuesday, June 23. See stories and photos about school graduations and promotions; local activism; new community social media groups, a local artist and plans for local theater companies.

Here is a little about the upcoming week; June 21-27, 2020:
Sunday, June 21 is Father’s Day, National Peaches ‘N’ Cream Day, Go Skateboarding Day, National Selfie Day and Turkey Lovers’ Day.
Monday, June 22 is National Chocolate Eclair Day and National Onion Rings Day.
Tuesday, June 23 is National Hydration Day, National Pink Day and National Pecan Sandies Day.
Wednesday, June 24 is National Pralines Day and National Parchment Day.
Thursday, June 25 is National Strawberry Parfait Day, National Catfish Day and National Handshake Day.
Friday, June 26 is National Coconut Day, National Beautician’s Day, National Chocolate Pudding Day and Take Your Dog to Work Day.
Saturday, June 27 is National Onion Day, National HIV Testing Day, National Ice Cream Cake Day, National Sunglasses Day, National Orange Blossom Day, National PTSD Awareness Day and Summersgiving.

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