Piedmont monitors risk related to COVID-19 as Alameda County declares public health emergency


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to coordinate with the World Health Organization (WHO), federal, state and local public health partners, and clinicians in response to the 2019 nCoV (coronavirus). CDC is closely monitoring the situation, and working 24/7 to provide updates.

The following notice was sent by the City of Piedmont on March 5 at 9:54 am:

For Immediate Release | March 5, 2020

The City of Piedmont is monitoring the Public Health risk related to the Covid-19 virus.

Alameda County has declared a public health emergency and Piedmont is sharing in their messaging, planning and monitoring.

The City is also engaged with the Piedmont Unified School District in preparing safety messaging and contingency plans as needed.

For more information on Covid-19, please
visit: www.cdc.gov/covid19 and www.acphd.org/2019-ncov.aspx

Please take precautions as directed by Alameda County Public Health Department.

Contact: Fire Chief Bret Black | (510) 420-3030

From the Alameda County Public Health Department:

What you can do now to prepare for a possible COVID-19 outbreak:

Alameda County residents should take these precautions to stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses:

  • Wash hands with liquid soap and water and rub for at least 20 seconds;
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing;
  • Refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Stay home when you are sick; and
  • Get a flu shot to protect yourself and others from the flu, which has similar symptoms to COVID-19.

Healthy people should not be excluded from any activities based on their race or country of origin. There is no racial, ethnic, or cultural basis for the disease.

The health risk from novel coronavirus to the general public remains low, and while COVID-19 has a high transmission rate, it has a low mortality rate.

People who are well and healthy do not need to use a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses. A facemask can be worn for those who are coughing or sneezing to protect others from getting sick.

Hospitals, government entities, school districts and employers should plan now for how best to decrease the spread of illness and lower the impact of COVID-19 in the United States. It’s important to identify objectives, which may include one or more of the following:

  • planning for ways to reduce contact between people if Alameda County public health officials call for social distancing,
  • planning for the possibility of school closures and cancellations of mass gatherings,
  • protecting people who are at higher risk for complications of illness,
  • maintaining operations, and
  • minimizing adverse effects on other entities.

To assist you with your planning, please see the Full Community Preparedness Update for a summary of the CDC’s guidance for consideration with your decision-making process.

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