Fayetteville prepares for coronavirus
Posted March 10, 2020 5:11 p.m. EDT
Fayetteville, N.C. — City leaders in Fayetteville are responding to Gov. Roy Cooper's declaration of a state of emergency as seven people have tested positive for the new coronavirus in North Carolina.
Fayetteville, the sixth-largest city in North Carolina, has more than 200,000 residents.
Fort Bragg, Fayetteville State University and Methodist University make it one of the most transient communities in the state.
Fayetteville and Cumberland County leaders have issued guidance to employees to make sure they take the threat of the coronavirus and its associated COVID-19 illness seriously.
Mayor Mitch Colvin plans to take part in a nationwide conference call Wednesday with the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to discuss the issue.
Colvin said there are no reported cases of COVID-19 in the city.
“We’re kind of following the direction of the public health department,” he said. “I think that the county has done a good job with getting out front and telling us what the best practices are from a health perspective. My ultimate goal is to make sure the citizens of Fayetteville are protected, and we’re ahead of this.”
The City of Fayetteville said Tuesday that workers clean buses each day by mopping bus floors and using a disinfectant on seats, handrails, grab rails, fare boxes, steering wheels and windows.
Colvin said reliable information about COVID-19 is the best way to protect against the virus.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the best way to protect yourself against the coronavirus is to wash your hands thoroughly and frequently and to avoid touching your face.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, coughing and shortness of breath.