For Immediate Release | March 13, 2020
Avon Implements Best Protocols for COVID-19
Avon, CO – The Town of Avon has rapidly implemented the best protocols to minimize the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) through our public facilities. “Community wide awareness and cooperation will be essential over the next several months,” says Mayor Sarah Smith-Hymes. “The Avon Town Council has directed Staff to implement all best practices to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in Avon.” The top priorities of the Avon Town government are to (1) maintain essential health and safety functions through a pandemic occurrence, including police services and snow plowing, (2) minimize the potential transmission of COVID-19 through the Town’s public facilities, (3) assist and support disseminating public health information to the Avon community, and (4) continue basic Town government operations if Town experiences significant rates of employees in quarantine.
The Avon Town Hall, the Avon Recreation Center and other Avon facilities remain open to the public; however, any individuals with a cough or fever will NOT BE ALLOWED to enter these buildings. Additionally, individuals who have recently had contact with an infected person or who have traveled internationally will not be allowed to enter these buildings.
The Avon Recreation Center has increased number of hand sanitizer stations throughout the center. Recreation Department Staff have increased the frequency of sanitizing all door handles and loaner locks, and Staff members have been instructed to stay home at the first sign of illness.
The Avon Town Hall is installing hand sanitizers and adopting a daily schedule of sanitizing all door handles and frequently touched surfaces.
Avon Transit sanitizes buses daily and will increase this frequency as soon as possible.
The Avon Police Department has assumed a leading role in daily communications with Eagle County Health and developing protocols to respond to the challenges of a pandemic. They are highly involved in the countywide incident command and working with law, fire, EMS and public health partners on appropriate protocols to serve community members while limiting possible exposure to first responders.
The Town is closely monitoring guidance for special events, public meetings and social gatherings. The Town will cancel or postpone indoor gatherings where attendance may exceed guidelines for social separation (i.e. six feet of separation between individuals).
Snow plowing will remain the top priority of the Public Works Department.
The Town requests that the community remain calm yet vigilant regarding hand washing and face touching, and asks that if community members feel any of the COVID-19 symptoms, they immediately call their primary care physician before going to the doctor, urgent care or hospital to limit any potential spread, especially into a medical facility that is overseeing multiple patients.
If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Wood at firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 748-4087.
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