PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Although health officials have only confirmed two coronavirus cases in Pulaski County as of Wednesday, residents are still encouraged to take extra precautions and follow the CDC’s guidelines to prevent potential spread.
Pulaski County officials ask that residents seriously consider wearing cloth face coverings in public environments where social distancing is more difficult.
According to officials, the New River Valley may be reaching a point where COVID-19 could be at a level of community spread, which means you can potentially contract the coronavirus from anywhere within the community without traveling or coming in contact with someone you know who is ill.
“We understand there is growing evidence that people can spread COVID-19 even if they never develop symptoms or before their symptoms begin. So, we are encouraging our folks to simply take extra precautions with their health and the health of others by wearing face coverings when in close contact with others,” says Jonathan D. Sweet, Pulaski County Administrator. “We also want to encourage our citizens not to take any unnecessary risks and to use the recommend safety practices the CDC and Virginia Department of Health have denoted during this sensitive time.”
In order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Pulaski County asks residents to take the following precautionary measures:
- Wear an appropriate face covering or mask when in public spaces.
- Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
- Keep household surfaces (including cell phones) clean.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue (and discard it) or your interior elbow.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, eyes, or face.
- Practice social distancing and avoid shaking hands.
- Remain at home if you are sick and avoid others who are sick.
- Stay home except in extremely limited circumstances.