First Selectman Fred Camillo issues protocols for health, safety against coronavirus

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GREENWICH — First Selectman Fred Camillo is urging town residents to follow established protocols as prescribed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the effort to help stem the spread of the coronavirus, also known as the COVID-19 virus.

The CDC is advising all travelers who recently returned from China, South Korea, Italy and Iran to self-quarantine for 14 days upon their return. While there have not been any coronavirus cases reported in Connecticut, there have been at least 10 reported in nearby New Rochelle, N.Y.

Greenwich Health Director Caroline Baisley said in a statement from the town that her staff continues to update the Health Department webpage with links to specific topics related to the coronavirus, including links to the CDC and the State Department of health websites, which continue to publish real-time information and guidance for communities, health-care facilities and schools. They also are endeavoring to establish a telephone hotline.

The Department of Health is modifying the town’s plan on an influenza pandemic for the COVID-19 virus and is working with state and federal health agencies on planning strategies for implementation should the virus need to be slowed down once it arrives.

Camillo has convened a working group of major infrastructure town departments — including the Board of Education — who are assisting with design of a continuity plan that will assist the town in keeping programs functional should they be interrupted by the coronavirus. Baisley also is working with Greenwich Hospital so there will be a unified response to maximize care for all those who made need it.

Use disinfectant wipes at stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery stores.

Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds or use a greater than 60 percent alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from any activity that involves locations where other people have been.

If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use the crook of your elbow only if you have to.

Remember that a virus can remain on clothing for as long as one week.
The virus is spread in large droplets by coughing and sneezing. This means that the air will not infect you; however, all surfaces where these droplets land are infectious for about one week.

The virus only has receptors for lung cells meaning it only infects the lungs.

The only way the virus can infect you is through your nose and mouth. Generally, this means that people introduce the virus into their airways themselves.

The point of the masks is to prevent people not to touch their faces. However, the standard masks do not prevent the inhalation of sub-microscopic viral particles.

It is generally advised to stay away from large gatherings.

It is generally advised to wear latex gloves while riding public transportation.

You should be washing your hands eight to 10 times daily, on average, and every time you return home and before you eat.

For more information including up-to-the-minute CDC reports, visit the Health Department’s webpage at,www.greenwichct.gov/575/Health-Department.

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