The County of San Diego was honored with 51 Achievement Awards from
the National Association of Counties (NACo), which highlights
innovative county government programs.
Among the winning programs were those related to the County’s
- The COVID-19 Early Alert System quickly identifies
settings where there may be asymptomatic persons who are still
capable of transmitting the virus. The program is sampling classroom
surfaces and wastewater at 10 local schools and two child care
Whole Genome Sequencing supports national disease
surveillance efforts. In collaboration with laboratories, hospitals
and research groups, the sequencing tracked COVID-19’s spread from
Europe via New York into the county and compared and contrasted the
spread of different strains within California.
- The Safe Reopening Compliance Team responded to
COVID-19-related complaints of possible violations of state and
local health orders to ensure businesses safely operated to protect
public health. The team helped businesses navigate health orders to
come into compliance, and when necessary, took escalated enforcement
- The Digital Library Project expanded after library
branches closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The San Diego County
Library now ranks second in e-book circulation in California, and
12th in the world, among libraries that are using the
industry-leading e-book vendor, OverDrive.
- Parks and Recreation launched a Virtual Recreation
Center with virtual hikes and tours, video tutorials, printable
coloring sheets and activity books, scavenger hunts, invitations to
ranger-led education sessions and more.
- The COVID-19 Property Tax Penalty Cancellation program
canceled penalties and interest on unpaid taxes for residential or
small business properties if they could demonstrate economic
hardship due to the pandemic.
- The Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk opened a Marriage
Hut at the Waterfront Park to issue marriage licenses and
conduct outdoor weddings.