Over these past weeks we have all watched as news of the spread of Coronavirus in China, other parts of Asia and across the globe has been thrust onto our TV screens. Warren Mayor Jim Fouts has taken and continues to take numerous steps to educate, detect, and prevent any potential threat to the community here in Warren.
These following steps have been taken to protect the residents of the City of Warren during a potential threat to their health:
- Mayor Jim Fouts has released a Public Service Announcement (PSA), and will continue to educate the public on the symptoms and prevention of COVID-19.
- The City of Warren has implemented a public health management decision making training for all Police and Fire personnel on COVID-19.
- Warren’s dispatchers have been educated on COVID-19 risk assessment so that they can alert and assist our first responders of potential risk on any call on which they are sent.
- Mayor Fouts has issued all municipal buildings to display educational materials from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to help educate and identify symptoms of the COVID-19 virus.
- Warren City Hall will feature hand sanitizing stations at each entrance and at each Department counter, to reduce the spread of all viruses.
- Mayor Fouts will be setting up meetings at local hospitals (Beaumont and St. John Ascension) to make sure they have protocol in place.
- The City’s administration will be meeting with local schools to educate them on symptoms to look for with students and staff.
- Masks and gloves will be available for City of Warren residents visiting City Hall, and employees.
This virus also affects the economic stability of not only China but also the U.S. and the world. “I think our companies may have to rethink investment in China.” Said Mayor Fouts.
The great economic boom that we have had may now have a downturn into a nasty recession because of the inability of the many plants in China to function because of this disease.
This could even affect the U.S. Presidential election in November. It currently affects the production of GM, Ford, and many other U.S. companies.
First, City of Warren residents should take comfort in knowing, health officials have informed the City’s administration that the risk of Coronavirus to Warre’s community at this time remains low. Secondly, in a series of pro-active steps, Mayor Jim Fouts has authorized City Administrators to implement a number of preventative measures.
There is still more to be learned
COVID-19 is an emerging disease and there is more to learn about its transmissibility, severity, and other features and what will happen in the United States. New information will further inform the risk assessment.
The City of Warren will continue to work closely with all federal, state, county and other municipal partners to mitigate potential risk and immediately address any local signs of infection. City of Warren residents can feel at ease knowing that their health and well-being is now and always will be my number-one priority. Mayor Fouts’ administration, beginning with Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer, Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams, and all first responders are diligently working to ensure residents’ safety.
Finally, Mayor Fouts’ goal continues to be to serve and protect city of Warren residents and visitors, and reminds everyone “TO BE PREPARED NOT SCARED!”