Mayor Craig A. Moe and the City of Laurel Office of Emergency Management has been working closely with Dr. Uzo Unegbu, Health Officer/Medical Director for the City of Laurel, along with the Prince George’s County Health Department, Maryland Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to stay current with the information and guidelines regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Mayor Moe has announced that the City of Laurel has developed and implemented a plan of action for citizen’s and employee’s awareness, notification and action steps needed to prevent and contain a possible outbreak of Coronavirus within the City.
Part of the City’s action plan, which will go into effect today, March 10th, is for the Laurel Municipal Center to temporarily close at 4:30pm, Monday – Friday, so employees can sanitize offices and public areas. The Laurel Municipal Center will reopen at 5:00pm for the extended Tuesday evening business hours and any evening meetings held throughout the week. We ask that if you have any business to conduct at the Laurel Municipal Center, please adjust your schedules to accommodate our 4:30 temporary closing time.
The other part of this action plan is to provide our citizens, businesses and groups with the most current information on the virus through our various forms of communication platforms.
The messaging plan will be as follows:
- Create a page on the City of Laurel website, www.CityofLaurel.org, dedicated to the news on COVID-19, which will be updated as new information is released.
- Continue to post updates to our Social Media platforms on Facebook (City of Laurel – Government), Twitter (@LaurelCityOEM, @cityoflaurel, @LaurelPIO, @LaurelPD), and Instagram (cityoflaurelmd and laurelpolice).
- For those without a social media or digital footprint, we will record updates to our Tip Line, 240-294-1307.
- Laurel’s Digital Signs around the city will provide tips on how to stay healthy.
- The Office of Emergency Management will send a Public Health Announcement once a week, with current information on the virus, as well as links to the CDC, www.CDC.gov, and Maryland Department of Health, www.health.maryland.gov.
- Signboards will be placed in the lobbies of the Laurel Municipal Center, Laurel Police Department and our Community Centers with proactive tips on combatting the virus.
- Run Informational PSAs on Laurel TV at Comcast 996/71, Verizon 12 and via streaming at LaurelTV.org, about COVID-19.
- And in cases of key information or emergency, the City of Laurel Office of Emergency Management will activate our City Notification platforms, Everbridge and MyLaurel App, which you can sign up for at the links on the homepage of our website, www.CityofLaurel.org.
The City of Laurel’s goal is to keep our residents, businesses and visitors well informed about the growing concern of the COVID-19 virus, so they can make the necessary decisions if and when it becomes necessary.
Current (March 10, 2020) Maryland Statistics on COVID-19 from the Maryland Department of Health (MDOH):
- Number of negative COVID-19 tests: 89
- Number of positive COVID-19 tests: 6 (4 in Montgomery County, 1 in Harford County and 1 in Prince George’s County)
In the meantime, continue to do the following to be proactive and help curb the spread of the flu and COVID-19:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Stay in the know about COVID-19 and visit the City of Laurel’s Website at www.CityofLaurel.org and/or CDC’s website at www.cdc.org and/or the State of Maryland’s Department of Health website, www.health.maryland.org.