March 18, 2020
With the evolving situation surrounding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to provide an update on our actions to address and plan for the possibility of further impacts of the disease on our community.
With guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the lead agency locally providing protocols for addressing any potential local cases of COVID-19. Together, the County, local cities, and hospitals are coordinating efforts to contain the potential spread of the virus and to get accurate information to the community.
At the City of Mill Valley, we are working to provide for the safety of our community members, employees, and first responders. We are taking actions to protect the continuity of critical life safety activities, integral infrastructure, and essential services and facilities. Our priorities focus on providing timely and accurate public messaging, identifying and considering the needs of vulnerable populations, and maintaining close coordination between all affected public agencies and local community partners.
Specific actions include:
Frequent cleaning of facilities, such City park restrooms, which are open, and City Hall, our Police and Fire Stations, which are closed to the public but still worksites for employees providing essential City services.
Coordinating with local and regional partners to ensure consistency in response and messaging.
Convening staff regularly (via conference call) to coordinate resources and review response plans.
Promoting hand washing and good respiratory etiquette.
Reinforcing messages to stay home per the direction of the County Department of Health and Human Services.
Implementing infection control strategies for First Responders, such as safe work practices, environmental controls, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
Identifying and cross-training personnel to perform essential functions if key staff members are absent.
Working with organizations that serve and protect vulnerable populations identified by public health officials.
Planning for possible future deployments of City staff, who are Disaster Service Workers, to serve throughout the County.
Preparing public facilities in case they are needed to provide childcare for healthcare workers.
Providing updates and information on the City website (www.cityofmillvalley.org), social media and eNewsletter.
We recognize that this is a rapidly changing situation, and we will continue to adapt to and monitor the situation, and communicate to our community in order to support the health and safety of everyone.
As we prepare and plan, we also recognize the communities across the globe impacted by this crisis. We hold them in our thoughts and hope for containment soon.