Mayor ad­dresses con­cerns about pub­lic meet­ings

Wor­ried res­i­dents buy­ing sup­plies amid COVID-19 out­break

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - FRONT PAGE - By John Glid­den jglid­[email protected]­al­don­line.com @glid24 on Twit­ter Con­tact re­porter John Glid­den at 707-553-6832.

Vallejo Mayor Bob Sam­payan says Vallejo City Coun­cil and board meet­ings will con­tinue for the time be­ing af­ter the Cal­i­for­nia De­part­ment of Pub­lic Health is­sued rec­om­men­da­tions Thurs­day sug­gest­ing that large gath­er­ings of 250 peo­ple or more should be post­poned or can­celed to slow the rate of trans­mis­sion of COVID-19.

“We’re not at that point, yet,” Sam­payan said by phone Thurs­day about can­celling gov­ern­ment meet­ings in Vallejo. “We are closely mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion for any change in con­di­tions.”

The city of Con­cord said it was can­celling a spe­cial coun­cil meet­ing set for Thurs­day night, “in light of pub­lic health con­cerns re­lated to coro­n­avirus and in com­pli­ance with State and County rec­om­men­da­tions for so­cial dis­tanc­ing…”

The meet­ing has been pushed back to March 24.

Mean­while, a ru­mor cir­cu­lated on­line Thurs­day stat­ing that four stu­dents at Jesse Bethel High School had con­tracted COVID-19.

When asked if this was true, Mitchell Ro­mao, chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer for the Vallejo City Uni­fied School District, di­rected the Times-Her­ald to view the district’s web page about COVID-19 in­stead.

“If a VCUSD staff mem­ber or stu­dent tests pos­i­tive with COVID-19 the Solano County Pub­lic Health De­part­ment will no­tify the Su­per­in­ten­dent, at which time a com­mu­ni­ca­tion plan will be put into ac­tion to no­tify the ap­pro­pri­ate in­di­vid­u­als af­fected,” the district says on the page in re­sponse to a ques­tion on what hap­pens if a stu­dent or staff per­son tests pos­i­tive.

The district fur­ther says it won’t be clos­ing schools.

“The school and district ac­tions at this time are to pre­pare for the pos­si­bil­ity of wide­spread trans­mis­sion of COVID-19 should an out­break oc­cur,” of­fi­cials added.

Health of­fi­cials fur­ther ad­vised that smaller gath­er­ings, held in venues which do not al­low “so­cial dis­tanc­ing of six feet per per­son” should be post­poned or can­celed.

“We are ask­ing peo­ple to fol­low the guide­lines from the var­i­ous health agen­cies — wash your hands, if you feel sick, stay home,” Sam­payan added.

Sam­payan said that he, along with City Man­ager Greg Ny­hoff are plan­ning ahead should there be a need to close City Hall be­cause of the virus.

“There might be a need to limit ac­cess to City Hall to nec­es­sary per­son­nel only,” he said. “We’re try­ing to stay ahead of the game.”

Mean­while, news broke Thurs­day that the Vallejo Sports Hall of Fame cer­e­mony, set for Satur­day, has been can­celed in re­sponse to COVID-19. It joined a hand­ful of other lo­cal events also can­celed out of pre­cau­tion.

Across the coun­try, store shelves have emp­tied out as res­i­dents have bought pa­per tow­els, toi­let pa­per, hand san­i­tizer and wa­ter. The Wal­mart Neigh­bor­hood Mar­ket in Vallejo has faced sim­i­lar con­di­tions as fear of coro­n­avirus has caused a run on these items.

State health of­fi­cials said that as of 7 a.m., Thurs­day, there had been 198 pos­i­tive cases and four deaths in Cal­i­for­nia.

CHRIS RI­LEY — TIMES-HER­ALD

A small stock of pa­per tow­els is all that re­mains at the Wal­mart Neigh­bor­hood Mar­ket at 10:30a.m. Wed­nes­day as fear of coro­n­avirus home quar­an­tines have caused a run on toi­let pa­per, hand san­i­tiz­ers and wa­ter.

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