COVID-19 Update: March 16 - 1:00 P.M.
CITY OF WHITTIER NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2020
CONTACT: Shannon DeLong, Assistant City Manager, (562) 567-9301
CITY HALL CLOSING TO PUBLIC AT 5PM, OPEN VIA PHONE AND EMAIL
WHITTIER, Calif. – In light of the evolving response to COVID-19 and the protection of public health, Whittier City Hall will close to the public at 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2020. City staff will report for shifts as assigned and will be available for phone calls, emails and projects. There are no reported cases of COVID19 in Whittier at time of this press release.
Public safety and public utility crews remain available for service. Building and safety permits that have been issued will continue to receive inspections as appropriate. The Whittier Public Library is offering online resources and references services via phone from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Library books may be returned in the drop boxes at Central Library and at the Whittwood Branch.
While the City of Los Angeles, and possibly others, may have mandated the closure or limited operation of certain businesses, the City of Whittier has not mandated the closure of any businesses at this time. Businesses should check with the County and State Health Departments to ensure compliance with their guidance and directives. To the extent that businesses voluntarily reduce capacity, or limit operations to drive-through, pick up or delivery service, that is certainly a good option to consider in the interest of limiting the odds of community impact. At this time, it is not a mandate from the City.
As the federal government has declared a nationwide state of emergency, the City is taking precautionary measures to ensure vital services remain available to protect the welfare of the community. The strategy is to limit the opportunity for people to come into contact with one another, so as to limit the extent of which the COVID-19 virus can spread, also referred to as social distancing.
“We remain vigilant and engaged in the latest developments,” said Mayor Joe Vinatieri. “Our newest preventative measures will continue to address the goal of keeping our community healthy, limiting the potential for virus spread, and ensuring essential services are available. Please remember to check in on your neighbors via phone or email to ensure everyone is taken care of.”
Residents are urged to visit www.cityofwhittier.org/COVID19 regularly for up-to-date facts on COVID-19, and to avoid misinformation. New information will continue to be provided and people are encouraged to follow @whittiercitygov on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for resources, tips and important notices regarding mitigation of community transmission. The White House and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recently published guides to mitigating transmission for specific groups within our community, and residents should continue to take general health precautions that prevent the spread of viruses:
The City of Whittier continues to urge individuals to disclose any recent travel to affected areas to their health care providers if they develop symptoms such as fever, cough or respiratory symptoms, and healthcare providers are urged to ask patients about their travel history and report any suspected cases of COVID-19 to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health immediately. Anyone experiencing signs of severe illness should seek medical care immediately. Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should call 9-1-1.
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