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City taking proactive steps, urges preventive measures for coronavirus

Milton City officials have been working with public health and emergency services partners around the region as we assess and respond to the strain of Coronavirus known as COVID-19.

In City facilities – including fire stations, police headquarters or City Hall – we’re encouraging sensible proactive measures in accordance with CDC guidelines to keep employees well. That’s important to citizens, so we can provide the best possible services with the healthiest possible employees. And it’s why first responders who could come into contact with someone with the virus are coordinating closely with EMS counterparts to ensure consistent, safe, effective responses.

Likewise, it’s very important that our citizens stay virus-free, too. Again following the CDC’s lead, we recommend the following prevention measures:

•  Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. (If you have non-severe symptoms of fever and respiratory problems, and/or have had close contact with someone who has traveled into one of the areas where there is widespread cases of this virus, call your doctor. He or she will have access to information from the public health community to tell you how to follow up.)
•  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
•  Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
•  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing (you can use hand sanitizer in a pinch).
•  Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
•  Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects at least including door knobs, your phone, tabletops, sinks and bathroom areas, etc.).

For more details on COVID-19, please visit the CDC online – including this page on getting your home prepared: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/home/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html?fbclid=IwAR21ja17EIZR6kVO8pKN0srB2SZ90D230X-M_TJByXuEpf1Efjbh1FHmES4