COVID-19 info

Written by on June 8, 2020

COVID-19 BULLETIN BOARD AND RESOURCE LISTINGS – New or updated items listed in bold


To receive text updates from the San Diego County Health Department, text COSD COVID19 to 468311.

For questions related to COVID-19, call 211 or visit, for access to community, health, social, and disaster services, and to report businesses violating county health orders.

Here are county by county Covid-19 Statistics for all of California


  • Pala Casino is open.  The hotel is open with limited availability.  Seven food and beverage options are open with social distancing and limited menus and hours of operation to allow for additional sanitizing.  Choices Buffet, The Oak Room, and Sushi Sake are temporarily closed.  Cleaning and disinfecting will focus on “high touch” areas including handrails, elevator buttons, doors and countertops.  Non-invasive thermal cameras are scanning all team member and guest entrances.  Anyone showing a high temperature will be asked to leave.  A reconfigured gaming floor will allow fewer seats at each table and fewer operational slot machines.  Social distancing will be enforced in lines and at restaurants.  Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the property. Hygiene signage is posted throughout.  There will be proactive monitoring and removal of guests showing outward flu-like symptoms.   Team members will wear masks.  And all guests will be asked to wear face coverings.  Smoking is permitted in designated areas.  Live nightly entertainment at the Center Bar.  No valet parking for now.  The Fitness Center and Spa remain closed for now.
  • Pala Resort RV Park is open with restrictions.  There is currently no shuttle service.  The pool, restrooms and clubhouse are open during business hours only until further notice.
  • Pala Fitness Center is open with restrictions.  Hours are Monday through Friday, 6a to 9p.  Saturdays 8a to 4p.  And Sundays 8a to noon.
  • Pala Skate Park is open.
  • Fox Raceway in Pala is open.
  • The Wells Fargo Bank branch inside Pala Administration Building has reopened.  The Wells Fargo ATM at Pala Mini Mart is open.
  • Most local casinos are now open.


  • Masks are optional for Pala tribal employees whenever working in common areas or working with others.
  • Californians who’ve been vaccinated no longer have to wear a mask in indoor public places. Those who’ve not been vaccinated are still required to cover up.  Masks and other coverings don’t have to be hospital grade.  Any cotton fabric which can easily be washed and reused will do.
  • County Health advises that anyone who is sick with anything – diagnosed or not, stay home and not return to work until at least 3 days after they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medicines and at least 7 days after symptoms began.  They define fever as 100 degrees or more.


  • All enrolled American Indian and Alaskan Natives can request Non-Recurrent, Short-Term Benefits through the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association’s TANF program.  Details at the SCTCA Tribal TANF web page.
  • Rite-Aid offers Covid-19 testing by appointment at no cost for anyone 18 or older even if they don’t have symptoms.  Results take three to five days. Monday through Friday 10a to 8p and Saturdays and Sundays 10a to 5p at the Rite-Aids on South Mission in Fallbrook, Cole Grade Road in Valley Center and 1201 South Coast Highway in Oceanside.
  • CVS Health has free drive-thru COVID-19 testing at select pharmacy locations nationwide.  You must meet CDC criteria as well as state and age guidelines.  Qualify yourself, find a location, and make the appointment online at
  • San Diego County has a list of over 50 free Covid-19 testing sites that it operates dawn to dusk
  • Covid-19 testing free and open to the public with an appointment from 10a to 3p weekdays in Pala Casino parking lot near the RV Resort. Free Antibody tests are offered on Wednesdays.  Call 760 292 6111 to schedule.
  • County Behavioral Health also has resources for Taking Care of Your Family During Disease Outbreaks and Managing Your Mental Health during pandemic.
  • CBH’s number for the Access & Crisis Line to help manage stress and anxiety is 888 724 7240.  In San Diego County you can also call 211.
  • Because air quality affects breathing which is a concern with COVID-19, Current local air quality by zip code from the EPA and SoCalAQMD is available at AirNow.


  • The Pala Admin kitchen is delivering senior meals daily Monday through Friday.  To sign up for meal delivery or shopping for necessities, Pala seniors can contact Shannon or Samantha at 760 891 3505 or 3507.  The senior table at Pala Admin will reopen for communal dining on June 16, 2021.  The kitchen will also reopen for take-out meals for employees.
  • Casino Pauma’s drive-up store is once again open.
  • Feeding San Diego maintains a food-finder map at .
  • The San Diego County Farm Bureau has compiled a list of local farmers and ranchers that are selling their products directly to consumers.
  • Riverside County has a mapshowing where senior meals, school meals and food pantries are available.


  • The Youth Center is open from 10a to 4p daily to all children.
  • Pala Learning Center is open for pickup of school materials with all tutoring being done remotely via Zoom. Study with in-person assistance, tablets and WiFi is available weekdays from 8a to 4p at Pala Administration Center main hall.  760 742 1997
  • Native language classes in Pa’enexily have resumed online for Bonsall High School students.  Contact Pala Learning Center for details.   760 742 1997
  • Subscribe to PBS KIDS’ daily newsletter with activities and tips for kids at home.
  • Get the PBS KIDS’ app for downloadable games.
  • Other Home learning resources for pre-K through 12.


  • Here’s a list of resources for North County businesses from the San Diego North Economic Development Council.
  • The Get My Payment portal allows you to check the status and arrange for direct deposit of your stimulus payment from the IRS.
  • SDG&E is offering a bill discount program to help customers impacted by the pandemic.  A pair of plans with applications available online at could lower utility bills by 18 to 30% for those who’ve recently become unemployed or are receiving unemployment benefits.
  • All DMV services are now online with increased grace periods for expiring licenses, IDs and vehicle registrations.  Not all commercial licenses have grace periods or can be completed fully online.

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