On Monday November 23,2020 at their public meeting, the Town Board voted to lock the front door of the Town Hall. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution due to the continual surge and spread of the Coronavirus. East Bloomfield is now shaded brown on the Ontario County Map for number of cases which means we have more than 30 positives cases plus all the related quarantines and isolations. Our county and town are moving in the wrong direction.
Locking the front door does not mean locked out of the town hall. We remain open for business to our community, but with restrictions and guidelines. We must communicate those to our citizenry when they call and when they arrive.
- The community should call for an appointment.
- If someone arrives without an appointment there should be a notice posted on front door to call.
- Access may be given to community who drive up or walk up depending on town hall hours and staff availability.
- All persons entering town hall are required to wear a mask or they will be refused entry. If they request a mask and one is available, and it is accepted then entry will be allowed.
- All persons entering the town hall be required to sign the attestation sheet declaring they are symptom free.
- All persons entering town hall will be required to maintain safe distance as marked on the floor.
- If there is a backup of people entering the town hall, persons may be instructed to wait in their car until they are called to come in.
- Town hall staff may move the appointment out of their office into the public area to maintain safe distance between parties.
A Message from your Town Supervisor:
“Be prepared, not scared.”
This is an unsettling time for our country and our community, as we are in a public health emergency due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Your elected leaders and public health officials are working around the clock to slow the spread of the virus and provide care to those who need it. It is important to remember that we need to be prepared, not scared. Heed the advice of public health experts who agree that the most effective way to “flatten the curve,” or slow the spread of the virus, is to practice social distancing. Below is some helpful information regarding COVID-19:
How can you be infected?
- Coronavirus can spread from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Because these droplets can travel up to six feet, public health experts advise maintaining six feet of distance from others.
- The virus can also remain on a surface or object and enter the body through the mouth, nose, or eyes. This is why it is important to wash your hands before touching your face.
How long does it take to show symptoms after being infected?
- It takes 2 to 14 days to develop symptoms after exposure to the virus. The average is about 5 days.
What are the symptoms?
- Dry cough
- Shortness of breath
When should you seek testing?
- If you are exhibiting symptoms
- If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus
- If you have recently traveled to one of the high-risk countries
Except in the case of an emergency, please call your healthcare provider before seeking treatment in person.
While it is normal to feel anxious, there are ways to take control of the situation and be prepared. I urge you to take the following precautions to keep yourself and our community safe.
- Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
- Avoid physical contact like handshakes and hugs
- Stay home if you feel sick
- Avoid large crowds
- Abstain from unnecessary travel
What is the difference between “Safer at Home” and “social distancing”?
Safer at home is a stricter form of social distancing. There are some differences. Safer at home means:
- Stay home (stay unexposed and do not expose others)
- Only go out for essential services
- Stay six feet or more away from others
- Don’t gather in groups
It is important during this national emergency that we unite as a community, follow the advice of experts, and take responsibility for our actions to #SlowTheSpread of coronavirus. For more information, visit coronavirus.health.ny.gov or call the NYS Novel Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065.
Should you or a loved one feel sick, call Telemedicine before going to a Doctor, clinic or hospital.
To deal with stress, increase activities that calm you: Meditating or praying. Exercising. Reading. Watching movies. Engaging in home hobbies. Talking to a friend or loved one on the phone or writing letters. Limit exposure to news, particularly if it distresses you. Remember, if you are anxious or stressed and need to talk to someone, you have access to counselors 24/7/365 at 800.252.4555. You also have thousands of resources on health, stress, anxiety, family matters, money matters, debt and more by logging in to www.theEAP.com/TotalCare-EAP.
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