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Charlotte County Fire & EMS Takes Steps to Contain COVID-19
3/13/2020
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NEWS RELEASE

Charlotte County Fire & EMS Takes Steps to Contain COVID-19



CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (March 13, 2020) – Charlotte County Fire & EMS is following guidelines set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The CDC currently recommends staying home when sick, keeping away from others who are sick, and limiting face-to-face contact with others as much as possible.

Charlotte County Fire & EMS will be:

  • Canceling scheduled public outreach at community events until further notice.
  • Protecting our staff by limiting their unnecessary exposure to large groups.
  • Taking universal precautions (wearing protective masks) and placing a surgical mask on patients who report flu-like symptoms. 

According to the CDC, there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

We urge you to take the necessary safety and hygiene measures by washing your hands well and often.

For more information about COVID-19, visit the following websites:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/

Charlotte County Health Department: http://charlotte.floridahealth.gov/

For information, contact Todd Dunn at 941-740-1929 or Todd.Dunn@CharlotteCountyFL.gov.

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