FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — So far there have been no confirmed cases in Cumberland County.
“It’s a matter of time that our community will be impacted In some form,” Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin said. “The question is to make sure it’s not anything that spreads or continues to cause a major public crisis here in Cumberland County.”
The All American Marathon has been canceled, Cape Fear Valley Health Center is restricting visitors, and the mayor is taking a hard look at all upcoming events that bring in more than 200 people.
Those are just a few of the changes implemented Thursday.
“Priority number one is to keep the citizens safe,” Colvin said. “I know we have a lot of festivals that people have put a lot of time and money in, but at the end of the day priority is public safety.”
Dr. Jennifer Green with the Cumberland County Health Department addressed county commissioners during their meeting today.
“We want to continue to put practices in place that will protect the health of the public,” Dr. Green said.
She says to avoid close contact with people, wash your hands, don’t touch your face and follow many of the precautions that would prevent getting the flu.
“Those are the things that are going help protect this,” Dr. Green said. “Avoid large gatherings, staying home from work if you’re sick, those are our key messages.”
They’re hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst.
“I don’t think we are being overly cautious,” Mayor Colvin said. “I think we are being prudent, and we are using forethought to make sure we keep our citizens safe.”
Dr. Green emphasizes that high-risk people, those 65 and older and those with a chronic disease, should contact their healthcare provider about any additional measures they should be taking.
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