Councilmember Mark Kersey and local partners announce new hand sanitizer stations around San Diego

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Recognizing the importance of preventative measures this flu season, Councilman Mark Kersey has partnered with WAXIE Sanitary Supply and GOJO, the makers of Purell, to equip all San Diego City libraries and recreation centers with a hand sanitizer station. He visited the studio on Tuesday to talk about this new effort to mitigate the spread of the flu.

Last season, 342 people died from complications from the flu, 255 more than the previous season and the highest total since the County of San Diego began tracking flu deaths nearly 20 years ago. According to the San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, people should get vaccinated by the end of October and supplement vaccination with hand washing and hand sanitizer.

“We don’t think it could happen to us or a loved one, but the threat of the flu is real, even for young, healthy people,” said Councilman Mark Kersey, whose brother Brad, passed away from the H1N1 flu-virus at the age of 38. “I’m thankful for WAXIE and GOJO’s partnership to help San Diegans fight the flu and turn my family’s tragedy into action.”

Councilman Kersey was joined by Mayor Kevin Faulconer; Dr. Wilma Wooten from the County of San Diego; Rick Hazard and Lee Jackson of WAXIE; Chuck Ross of the California Restaurant Association, San Diego Chapter; Misty Jones, Director of Public Libraries; and Herman Parker, Director of Park and Recreation, to announce the placement of hand sanitizer stations at 57 rec centers and 36 public libraries and encourage businesses, especially restaurants, to make hand sanitizer available to their patrons.

“It’s important as flu season approaches that residents take the necessary precautions in order to reduce the spread of what can be a deadly illness,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “I want to thank Councilmember Kersey for spearheading a proactive approach to install additional hand sanitation stations in rec centers, libraries and restaurants, and I encourage all San Diegans to keep their hands clean and stay healthy.”

Rick Hazard of WAXIE led the group in a demonstration that showed how to effectively use hand sanitizer to prevent the spread of the flu-virus and other germs.

“It is our pleasure to join the Mayor, Councilman Kersey and our community leaders to support how clean hands save lives,” said Rick Hazard, Vice President of Marketing for WAXIE Sanitary Supply. “Keeping hands cleaned and sanitized is one of the most important steps a person can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.”

Chuck Ross of the California Restaurant Association, San Diego Chapter also expressed their support of fighting the flu. They announced a donation of 200 hand sanitizer dispensers to local restaurants with the goal to cover 1,000 locations during flu season. CRA will also share information about healthy hand hygiene practices with their restaurants and members in the City of San Diego.

Councilmember Mark Kersey represents the City of San Diego’s Fifth District which includes Del Sur and the rest of Black Mountain Ranch, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Miramar Ranch North, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Encantada, Rancho Peñasquitos, Sabre Springs, San Pasqual, Scripps Miramar Ranch and Torrey Highlands.

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