Raleigh Co. 911 responds to coronavirus concerns

Coronavirus in West Virginia

RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Though there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in West Virginia, Raleigh County Emergency Services is working with other agencies to prepare for a coordinated response.

In a news release, the 911 center says it is working with the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Department of Health and Human Resources and the Beckley-Raleigh County Health Department to prepare for a potential outbreak.

The 911 Center also reminds the public of a variety of ways to stay healthy amid the outbreak:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use a alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid exposing yourself to others who are or may be sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

Raleigh County Emergency Services Authority will continue to monitor the situation in coordination with state officials. Visit www.coronavirus.wv.gov or the CDC’s website for more information.

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