“We certainly knew this was coming. The virus is here, and as the health experts have told us, the numbers will rise as more people are tested. That is why it is imperative that social gatherings at homes, businesses, or parks be limited,” Mayor Rilling said. “I understand the impulse to get together – even small gatherings or just a few friends – but this undermines our community-wide efforts. I know this will cause an inconvenience, but we all must do our part to prevent, or at the least, slow down the spread of this coronavirus.”
Local businesses are strongly encouraged to limit gatherings and take the necessary actions to protect the health of their employees and customers. Employees should telecommute to work, if possible. Anyone who believes they may have come into contact with COVID-19, or have a cough and fever, should call their doctor and self-isolate.Those who feel symptomatic should call their doctor for guidance and avoid showing up to an emergency room or doctor’s office unannounced.
“Social distancing helps slow the spread of this virus. This is critically important as it can prevent a lot of people from getting sick all at once and overwhelming the health care system, which is also referred to as flattening the curve,” D’Amore said. “With spring around the corner, I know people will be tempted to get together in groups outside and indoors, especially our young people and those home from college. I cannot stress this enough – please limit social interactions for the foreseeable future.”
Officials reiterated that school and other event cancellations should not be viewed as vacation or a time for celebration. The number of COVID-19 cases in the state are expected to rise in the days and weeks ahead. Community spread is likely with this highly infectious disease and it should be assumed it is being transmitted undedicated.