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Danville and Pittsylvania County have yet to have a confirmed case of the new coronavirus, but City Manager Ken Larking today declared a local state of emergency to enable the City to have access to additional resources as needed.
The declaration took effect at noon and will remain in place until April 7.
“It is important for the public to know that this situation is serious and that their local government is taking steps to protect the public and ensure the continuation of essential services,” Larking said.
In conjunction with this declaration, the City announces the following actions:
The Virginia Department of Health provides the following advice to help prevent respiratory illnesses of any kind, including COVID-19, year-round:
The CDC does not recommend that healthy people wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
How can I learn more about COVID-19?
If you have concerns that you may be sick from COVID-19, the Virginia Department of Health advises that you contact your healthcare provider.
Visit the City of Danville’s COVID-19 website: http://www.danvilleva.gov/coronavirus
Visit the Virginia Department of Health website: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/
Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html.
Visit the World Health Organization website: https://www.who.int/