On behalf of the Town, I want to help our residents and employees stay safe during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. While no one should panic, it’s important to view COVID-19 with the seriousness it deserves. Following is a summary of what we currently know about the virus, and some proactive steps community members can take to reduce the risk of contracting or spreading this illness.
What is the Novel Coronavirus? (Abbreviated as Coronavirus or NCV below.)
Coronavirus disease is a virus that causes respiratory illness, among other symptoms.
What are the Coronavirus Symptoms?
Mild to severe respiratory illness, along with shortness of breath, cough, and/or aches, chills and fever
How is the NCV Different from the Seasonal Flu?
As opposed to the flu, which tends to target children, pregnant women, and those who are older and immune-compromised, severe Coronavirus infection is currently more prevalent in older people (60 plus) and/or those with underlying medical conditions.
The percentage of severe and critical NCV cases appears to be much higher than with the seasonal flu. 80% of infections are mild, 15% are severe (requiring oxygen) and 5% are critical (requiring ventilation).
How does Coronavirus Spread?
The NCV appears to mainly spread between people in close contact (within 6 feet). Experts believe the virus spreads through tiny droplets produced by an infected person coughing/sneezing on another person or a surface. An uninfected person who touches the virus-coated surface and then touches their mouth, nose or eyes, can then contract and potentially spread the illness.
How Residents Can Help Protect Themselves and Their Loved Ones from Coronavirus.
Here are some recommended steps all of us can take to reduce our NCV Exposure:
Avoid close contact with people showing symptoms such as a cough or fever.
Frequently wash your hands with soap for a minimum of 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a minimum of 62% rubbing alcohol.
Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes with unwashed hands or un-sanitized objects.
If you have symptoms of NCV, stay home from work. Keep sick children home from school.
Avoid shaking hands and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others, when possible.
Avoid mass social gatherings and events.
Cough and sneeze into a tissue (or your elbow). Wash for 20 seconds or more afterwards.
Clean and/or disinfect frequently touched objects.
How Can Residents and the General Public Help Keep the Town Open?
During this NCV outbreak, we hope to keep the Town Hall open for normal business and our staff safe. To accomplish this, we’re requesting that residents and others take the following actions:
Please conduct all Town business over the phone or through mail and/or email.
If you feel sick, please don’t come into the Town Hall.
Please mail or call in payments for quarterly fees (or moving violation fees and fines). We offer a drop box on the wall to the left of the Town Hall front door for making payments.
When submitting a building permit, please email the permit application to the Town.
Town contact information and permit applications can be found on our website, located at http://www.townofmountainviewcolorado.org/
For moving violation questions and payments, please contact our Court Clerk, Bev Seidel, through email and/or telephone at firstname.lastname@example.org and 303-432-9097.
For Public Works questions or concerns, please contact Gene Bird at email@example.com.
If you’re a resident who’s unable to mail a payment or drop it off, our Police Department will pick it up. Please call the Town Clerk at the below number for details.
If you have questions on this bulletin, please call Town Clerk Sarah Albright at 303-421-7282 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the event the office is closed, you can reach Sarah on her cell phone at 720-919-0691
Thank you for taking action to help our community remain safe.
Glenn Levy, Mayor
The Town of Mountain View, Colorado