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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 17, 2020
Caroline County Commissioners Declare Local State of Emergency Regarding COVID-19 Pandemic
County Government Closing to Public Effective March 19
In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Caroline County Commissioners declared a local state of emergency on March 17, 2020. All County government buildings and departments will close to the public effective March 19.
“The Commissioners felt it was important to declare a local state of emergency now to emphasize to our residents how serious this situation is,” said County Commission President Larry Porter. “We want to reinforce the Executive Order made by the Governor yesterday to close restaurants, bars, gyms, and movie theatres and to prohibit gatherings of more than 50.” Porter also stated that guidance issued March 16 by the White House had influenced the Commissioners to declare the local state of emergency. The President has encouraged all Americans to stay home whenever possible, avoid unnecessary travel, and avoid social gatherings of more than ten people.
“Our community has asked what they can do to help,” said Public Information Officer Sara Visintainer. “The answer is to take individual, personal responsibility for limiting the spread of this disease.” To that end, the County Commissioners are asking all residents, regardless of their age to do the following:
“It is important to know that you can have COVID-19 even if you have no symptoms or very mild symptoms,” said Department of Emergency Services Director Anna Sierra. “That’s why social distancing is so important. It is currently the only way we have to effectively stop the spread of coronavirus.”
If you feel sick or are worried you have COVID-19, you are encouraged to take the following steps:
“We are all in this together,” emphasized Visintainer. “While the actions we are asking the public to take will be disruptive and may cause hardship, they are our best defense. We are asking people to do their part to help preserve the capacity of our healthcare system and protect the health of their family, friends, and our entire community.”
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