16 Mar Jacksonville NC Mayor issues statement about Coronavirus protection
President Donald Trump declared a state of National Emergency Friday (March 13) in the face of increased fears around COVID-19. In light of the current national situation, the city of Jacksonville is taking strong steps to disrupt the spread of the illness as much as possible.
Mayor Sammy Phillips issued the following statement:
“Jacksonville is a Caring Community and we share your concern for all those affected by COVID-19. The city will be here for you and ready to serve you.
The best advice from local and state health officials is if you are sick, you should stay home. Health officials tell us that more people in the U.S. will get sick, and we want to help serve our citizens during this time.
Wash your hands regularly, and take appropriate precautions.
If you are in the vulnerable populations, limit your time in public. We don’t want you to get sick. I’m asking neighbors to help watch out for your neighbors who may need some extra help during this time. It’s our nature to be a Caring Community in this manner.
Get your information from official sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the NC Department of Health and Human Services. The Onslow County Health Department also has great information on this disease online.”
Preventative actions in Jacksonville
City of Jacksonville operations are continuing as usual March 16. The exception is Recreation Services, which is suspending Youth and Adult athletics. However, the city will operate the School’s Out program for previously enrolled students who are currently out of school.
Onslow County Schools has posted a message on its website stating the all schools will be closed March 16-30. The school district promises to provide more information as soon as possible.
To be as proactive as possible in the face of this pandemic, city officials are paying attention to advice offered by the Onslow Health Department, the Governor’s Office, World Health Organization and other agencies. Additionally, the city is observing steps Camp Lejeune and other significant entities in the community are taking.
The city is also asking that anyone who is experiencing any symptoms of illness avoid coming into city offices to conduct business. The city’s online platform is available for utility bill payments and other dealings with the city.
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