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City of College Park Statement on Coronavirus Disease 2019

STATEMENT – MARCH 6, 2020
CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and state and county health departments in Maryland and the greater Washington D.C. area are closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The City of College Park is monitoring information from local health departments to ensure we are aware of the latest information and recommended action for our area. We are developing and implementing systems that will enable certain City services to be conducted online or via the phone. To ensure the continuity of services, the City is also identifying services that staff could accomplish remotely if that becomes necessary.

As of right now, there are three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Montgomery County, Maryland. All three individuals have been quarantined and had contracted the disease from recent travel on the same trip. “This is not a reason to panic,” stated Governor Larry Hogan at the March 5, 2020 press conference announcing the confirmed cases. “Marylanders should go to work or go to school… just as they normally would.”

The CDC considers the general public’s immediate health risk to be low at this time. While there currently is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure. Take the following everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases (including the cold and flu):
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face-mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

If you are experiencing symptoms of fever, cough or difficulty breathing, please consult a medical professional. It is recommended that you call ahead.

Misinformation about COVID-19 can create fear and hostility that hurts people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy. Share accurate information from the CDC, state or county health departments.

The City of College Park does not have its own health department, but will continue to keep our residents informed as needed. For the latest and most accurate information about this evolving situation, visit the CDC, state and county health department websites:

CDC: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
Maryland Department of Health: health.maryland.gov/coronavirus
Prince George’s County Department of Health: health.mypgc.us/coronavirus
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