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City of Tallahassee: Stay calm and informed as coronavirus concerns grow

Posted at 5:26 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 17:26:10-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — When it comes to the coronavirus, leaders in Tallahassee and Leon County are not taking any chances.

Representatives from the city, county, all of our local universities and hospitals are coming together to look at the best ways to prepared and protect your family from coronavirus.

The most important thing they're asking of you is to remain calm and stay informed.

Mayor John Dailey says, in addition to the city keeping in constant contact with the Centers for Disease Control, the health department is in contact with the Emergency Operations Center if it needs to be activated.

"Really," said Dailey, "the important thing as this point is, number one, it wasn't a matter of if, but when the coronavirus was going to come to Florida. And it probably will come to Tallahassee. But we are prepared and we are ready."

Leon County Schools Superintendent Rocky Hanna, is reminding parents to keep their children home from school if they think they may be sick.

The district will also share information with students and teachers on staying healthy.

"We're going to be sending messages out this afternoon to remind our teachers to have these conversations with our children during the course of the next week," Hanna said. "But again, we want everyone to be prepared, and to have a reassured confidence that we are ready, and not a sense of hysteria that the sky is falling and we have to all stay home or we're going to be contaminated."

The CDC and health department recommend washing your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, and using hand sanitizer.

For parents who might have concerns about a student's health, the district says send your questions to them.

You can email the school district at info@communityschools.com.