With the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updates about the risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the US, our City Government wishes to pass along the following information:

 1)      As of March 11, CDC reports there have been approximately 938 cases, and 29 total deaths in the US. A total of 38 States and Washington DC are reporting cases

a.       Per the CDC

                                                               i.      1st COVID-19 case in the US was reported on January 21

                                                             ii.       1st confirmed instance of person-person-spread with this virus in the U.S. was reported on January 30

                                        iii.    Out of the 938 cases: 92 are travel related; 75 are person to person; and 771 are under investigation


2)     Per VDH, as of March 11, there have been confirmed or presumptive cases in Virginia

                    a. Central - 1

                    b. Eastern - 2

                    c. Northern - 5

                    d. Northwest - 1

                    e. Southwest - 0


3)     Precautions need to be taken

a.       Residents are encouraged to see a medical provider if they experience mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing

b.   Continue to practice proper personal and workplace hygiene, and get correct information/recommendations from verifiable sources such as the CDC, VDH, or your healthcare provider

c.       Residents who develop fever and symptoms of respiratory illness within 14 days after travel from China or any country designated as at risk by the CDC, should call a healthcare professional and mention your recent travel or close contact. If you have had close contact with someone showing these symptoms who has recently traveled from any country designated as at risk by the CDC, you should call ahead to a healthcare professional and mention your close contact and their recent travel

d.       Businesses are encouraged to have flexible sick leave policies


 3)      The City is aware of the potential threat COVID-19 poses

a.       Emergency Management Staff is monitoring the situation

b.       Staff is continuously coordinating with various state and local emergency management and health officials

c.    A 211 number has been established for general questions from the public. Residents can also reach the Prince William Health District at 1-877-ASK-VDH3 and it will be transferred to the 211 call center 


 4)      For more information and updates on this evolving situation, please visit the Coronavirus Disease 2019 index on the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html  or on the Virginia Department of Health's website at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/



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