Roanoke city leaders looking to Virginia Department of Health for guidance

City leaders, police to follow Virginia Dept. of Health’s lead on enforcing 10-person order

Roanoke city leaders share coronavirus update.
Roanoke city leaders share coronavirus update.

ROANOKE, Va. – Roanoke city leaders are reassuring the public that they’re taking steps to protect workers, residents and businesses during the coronavirus outbreak.

Wednesday afternoon, the city manager, mayor and vice mayor held a teleconference to provide updates about the city’s response to the ever-changing situation.

All city offices will stay closed to the public until the end of the month, possibly later.

Police, Fire-EMS and solid waste employees will still keep working as normal, but their shifts may be altered to decrease the number of employees working at a time.

Currently, those employees have enough protective gear like masks, gloves and sanitizer. However, at some point, the city may have to access a national stockpile if they run out.

Crews are also cleaning buses. For now, there are no changes to bus service, but that may get scaled back.

There aren’t any confirmed cases in Southwest Virginia, but Mayor Sherman Lea said that people should not have a false sense of security and it’s important for everyone to keep taking precautions to stay healthy.

“Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Groups: 10 or less," Lea said. "If you have to meet with a group, personally, I’d say stay in as much as you can.”

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