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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Corona Virus Information

TOWN OF GOLDSBY COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) INFORMATION

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Town of Goldsby has issued an Emergency Declaration.  The Declaration of Emergency is immediately effective.

As of March 17, there is no reported case of COVID-19 in McClain County and there is no evidence of community spread of the virus in the Town of Goldsby.  However, 17 cases of COVID-19 have been verified in our state.  In the circumstances, the Trustees of the Town of Goldsby and Town Officials have concluded that it is in the best interests of the residents of the Town to follow CDC COVID-19 Pandemic guidelines.

Call 877-215-8336 for the statewide COVID-19 call center. As of March 16, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in McClain County. 

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Preparation and Prevention

Events or gatherings of more than 10 persons are not recommended at this time. The Town encourages residents to be proactive and take preventative measures such as:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Cover sneezes and coughs with a bent elbow or tissue.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Stay home when you’re sick.
  • Practice social distancing by taking extra measures to put physical space between yourself and others to further reduce the risk of being exposed to the virus.
  • Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • Avoid discretionary travel.
  • Use drive-thru, pickup and delivery options to support local restaurants.
  • Avoid discretionary visits inside nursing home. Instead, call or facetime your loved ones.
  • Be prepared, not scared. Follow this guide from the CDC about how to prepare your household.

The virus has had greater impacts on vulnerable populations including those who are over the age of 70 and those who have underlying health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.

People at higher risk of getting severe symptoms from COVID-19 should: 

  • Stock up on supplies.
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.

You can find more recommendations from the CDC on measures you can take to protect yourself and your community here.

Symptoms and treatment

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you have these symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known or suspected to have COVID-19, or have recently traveled to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of the illness:

  • Call the Oklahoma Health Department Coronavirus Hotline at 877-215-8336 to identify if you need testing or treatment. The Call Center is available from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The Call Center can also connect callers to Spanish-speaking interpreters.
  • Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve the most critical needs. Contact your regular doctor first.
  • If you must go to the emergency room, call ahead to ensure that infectious disease procedures can be followed.
  • If you do not have insurance, you can contact the contact Oklahoma Health Department Coronavirus Hotline at 877-215-8336.

You can find more recommendations from the CDC on what to do if you believe you are sick here.

For events or gatherings of more than 10 people that will occur even though discouraged by the Town, you should:

  • Increase the frequency of sanitizing frequently touched surfaces.
  • Encourage attendees to stay at least six feet away from each other to reduce risk.
  • Keep an adequate supply of hand soap, disinfectants, tissues, and paper towels.
  • Encourage attendees to follow increased hygiene, such as:

    • Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • If soap and water are not available, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoiding close contact with other people.

When considering attending an event people should consider the following guidelines:

  • Anyone who is sick should not attend.
  • Anyone who has a member of their household that is sick should not attend.
  • Those who are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness, including individuals over 60 or with underlying conditions such as heart disease, lung disease or diabetes, should not attend.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue - if available - or into your elbow.

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