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CITY OF TRACY APPROVES PROCLAMATION CONFIRMING THE EXISTENCE OF A LOCAL EMERGENCY RELATING TO THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AND ISSUES CITY-WIDE DIRECTIVE TO “SHELTER IN PLACE” WITH CERTAIN EXCEPTIONS

Posted: Mar 19, 2020
Location: Tracy, Calif.

 At a Special Meeting held on March 17, the Tracy City Council ratified a Proclamation of Existence of a Local Emergency Related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the City of Tracy.  At the Emergency City Council Meeting last night, the Tracy City Council approved a directive pursuant to the Tracy Municipal Code directing all individuals living in the City of Tracy to shelter at their place of residence, except to provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential activities and work for essential businesses and government services; directing all businesses and governmental agencies to cease non-essential operations at physical locations in the City, prohibiting all non-essential gatherings of any number of individuals.  Both the directive and the video of the meeting are available for viewing at CityofTracy.org.

 

This is a Directive from the Tracy City Council, a strong recommendation - NOT a legally enforceable order. This means that Tracy residents are being asked to remain and/or work at home unless they are engaging in essential activities or performing work related to essential services, business, or governmental functions, as defined in the Directive.  Essential businesses should remain open.  For those businesses not meeting the definition of “essential business,” the Directive strongly encourages them to only engage in minimum basic operations.  Essential businesses include, but are not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, laundry services, medical facilities, daycares, and veterinary services.  Individuals are allowed to run essential errands.

 

The City of Tracy has been closely monitoring the emerging, rapidly evolving Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) situation and is working with our partners at the local, county and state level to remain current on the most up-to-date information and guidance as it becomes available.  According to a San Joaquin County Public Health Services news release issued yesterday, there have been two deaths from COVID-19 and 14 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in San Joaquin County. 

 

The health and safety of those we serve is our absolute top priority,” said Mayor Robert Rickman.  “The positive effects of our efforts last night will be realized in the days, weeks and months to come.  Our residents are the most powerful weapon we have to fight the spread of this virus.  We are asking our community to please use social distancing, limit contact with others, wash your hands and stay home when possible.  We are all in this together.  We are rising to the challenge as a city and together we will reemerge stronger than ever.”

 

In an effort to reduce the transmission and spread of COVID-19, the City of Tracy implemented the following actions prior to the emergency meeting last night:

·         Mayor Robert Rickman addressed the community via video.

·         Activated a Virtual Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to foster communication in a manner that limits personal contact, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and keep the community informed as the impact of COVID-19 continues to evolve.

·         Responded to guidance from public health officials by closing City facilities, canceling upcoming events and making other changes to service delivery to the community effective March 16.  For the current status of City facilities, services and programs, please visit the City of Tracy COVID-19 Information Page.

 

What to Do

Stay informed by regularly checking the following websites and their social media accounts for the latest information, tips and guidance:

 

San Joaquin County Public Health Services has deemed it critical for everyone to follow these recommendations to protect those most vulnerable (people age 65 and older and/or those with chronic medical conditions) from exposure to COVID-19:

  • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough and shortness of breath), stay home.  Most people with mild symptoms can care for themselves.
  • If you are experiencing worsening symptoms and are in the high-risk category, immediately contact your local healthcare provider.  If you want to speak with a public health nurse, please call the Public Health Services Phone Bank (209) 468-3411 seven days a week between 8 AM – 5 PM.  People should only call 911 if they feel they are in imminent danger.
  • Avoid contact or maintain at least a six-foot distance with anyone, especially those in the high-risk category.
  • Urge those who are 65-years-old or older and anyone with underlying chronic medical conditions to stay away from large gatherings.
  • Wash your hands often and be sure to practice good handwashing techniques.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash,  If tissues are not available, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.  Then wash your hands again.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

If sick, stay home to reduce the exposure to others for 10 days from the onset of symptoms and await 72 hours after symptoms resolve.

 

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CONTACT

Carissa Higginbotham, Public Information Officer

(209) 831-6120

Carissa.higginbotham@cityoftracy.org

             

 

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