COVID-19 UpdateTuesday, March 17, 2020
Mayor Amy Bublak's Youtube Address TranscriptGood afternoon, Turlock. I’m your Mayor, Amy Bublak, and I wanted to take a moment to speak with you about Coronavirus, (COVID-19) and the impact it is having on our city and county. At this time, there are still no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Turlock.
First, please know that your city and county government are working closely together, in constant communication. Our Police and Fire departments are also coordinating efforts to ensure they are ready and available to help anyone at any time.
We WILL get through this difficult time and we will do it together. Our resilience relies on all of us cooperating, listening to our public health officials, and ensuring we are dealing with facts and not opinion.
Please use official public health websites and social media for your information. I urge you to refrain from participating in or listening to anyone other than medical professionals including our public
health professionals, hospitals and infectious disease specialists. This is not a time for conspiracy, rumors or misinformation.
I call on all Turlock citizens to stay calm and be smart about what we do and how we do it. The drinking water in Turlock is safe. The health of our public relies on our activities over the next several weeks.
Governor Newsom, during his press conference yesterday, called on bars to close and restaurants to consider providing dine-in only if your establishment allows for social distancing, a term indicating the ability to keep 6 feet of space between people. Some restaurants have made the decision to close in-room dining entirely and provide to-go and curb-side pick up as options for customers.
The Governor also asked our senior population of 65 years and older, to please self-quarantine. COVID-19 is more threatening to our senior population as well as those with compromised
immune systems, so if you know a senior citizen that needs groceries or medicine or other important items, please help them with their errands so that they can stay home.
This is a great time to utilize technology to stay in touch with people who are at home full time now. Applications such as FaceTime and phone calls can keep people feeling more connected. Let’s all find ways to reach out to people who may need a phone call to say hello and check in.
For parents who have children at home due to school closures, this could be a great opportunity to think about writing letters to seniors in assisted living or nursing facilities, and finding other ways to offer comfort from a distance to those who need it most.
Furthermore, if you do become ill, consult with your health care provider over the phone first. Pay attention to potential COVID-19 symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you do develop such symptoms, CALL your doctor.
Today, the City of Turlock Interim City Manager Michael Cooke, will be issuing a Proclamation of the Existence of a Local Emergency (“Proclamation”) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Proclamation follows President Trump’s declaration of a Nationwide Emergency earlier today, as well as Governor Newsom’s statewide declaration on March 4, 2020, and the World Health Organization’s characterization of the COVID-19 outbreak as a global pandemic this week.
Today’s Proclamation is an important step to allow additional resources to flow into the City, to assist with the costs of efforts already underway to curb the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of City residents. The City is prepared and will continue to plan to address any possible spread of the coronavirus.
The Interim City Manager, along with other City personnel, will remain in close contact with County and State public health officials as they continue to address the situation and will keep all residents apprised of further developments as they arise. The
City Council will be asked to ratify the Proclamation at their regularly scheduled Council meeting on Tuesday, March 24,2020.
As a reminder, City offices and locations will close to the public beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020. These closures are at least through Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The City will evaluate the need to continue closures on a 30-day rolling basis. Updates and changes will be posted at City offices and buildings and on the City of Turlock website. We urge residents who need to access city services to do so using the telephone or online options.
Above all else, the health and safety of our community is my greatest concern and highest priority.
Lastly, we are all in this together. We will continue to provide you updates as they become available.
Please visit our website at www.cityofturlock.org as we have added on our homepage a link to updates on COVID-19.
For public health expertise and updates please visit the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency Public Health page at www.schsa.org
Everyone take care of yourselves and each other. Thank you for your time today. Let’s be the very best we can be.