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Danville, Pittsylvania County officials discuss emergency plan for possible coronavirus outbreak

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DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Danville and Pittsylvania County officials met Thursday to discuss an emergency plan and the possibility of a worker shortage due to a coronavirus outbreak.

Pittsylvania-Danville Health District officials said the risk of a spread of the virus in the area remains low, according to a city statement.

Nevertheless, city officials, and Pittsylvania County, SOVAH Health, Danville Public Schools, Danville Life Saving Crew, and first responders representatives, discussed emergency management protocols and public information coordination.

“It is our responsibility to be prepared for an outbreak. The City has an Emergency Operations Plan that provides guidance for how we respond during emergencies. Our citizens need to be assured that we are prepared. We will follow those plans and adjust as needed.”

City Manager Ken Larking

The city installed hand-sanitizing stations throughout several public buildings and have informed city employees on the health precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Danville city employees are instructed to stay home if feeling sick.

The city offers the following safety measures:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and help young children do the same. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Wash your hands, especially after coughing and sneezing, before and after caring for an ill person, and before preparing foods and before eating;
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and then throw the tissue in the trash;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoid close contact (such as kissing, sharing cups, or sharing eating utensils) with people who are sick. Close contact is considered being within six feet of someone who is ill for 15 minutes or more;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick; and
  • Stay home when you are sick, except when you need to get medical care. If you seek medical attention, call your doctor’s office or medical facility before you go.

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