City administration would like to provide an update regarding our current experience regarding COVID-19 (the Novel Coronavirus). To our knowledge, COVID-19 is not directly affecting any City residents, personnel, or facilities.
City officials are suggesting employees and residents follow the guidelines of the Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the virus.
The most effective things you can do are wash your hands with soap and water frequently; try to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other people; wipe down surfaces with disinfectant wipes as needed; and if you cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue or the crook of your elbow.
If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or pneumonia and are concerned, call your health care provider or clinic and follow their recommendations. Don’t call the emergency room or go directly to the hospital.
In Washington state, the counties’ health departments are the agencies that are tasked with responding to the threat of the virus. The Walla Walla County Department of Community Health has not released any suggestions, guidance, or precautions that would affect local activities, facilities, or public meetings.
The City’s Finance Department is encouraging residents to make use of the drop box for utility payments, or pay your bills online.
If anything changes, we’ll post links and/or information on the City website and social media. Here are additional steps you can take to stay informed:
• Visit www.cdc.gov/Other/emailupdates/ to sign up for official updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
• A new Washington call center can answer questions about COVID-19, how it spreads, and what to do if you have symptoms. Call 800-525-0127 and press #. The County also has a public health hotline you can call if you have concerns: 509-524-2647.