COVID-19 has now been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO), meaning that the WHO believes the outbreak is beyond the containment phase. So now the focus has shifted toward actions that can be taken that are intended to keep people separated in order to slow the spread of the virus. The CDC, the State and the Contra Costa Health Services Department are collectively laying out recommendations and requirements that are broadly aimed at:
- Avoiding panic
- Keeping people apart
- Focusing on highest risk populations
- Emphasizing personal responsibility and hygiene.
We will continue to monitor and assess all available information in order to take the most prudent steps possible to protect the public we serve. According to the information we have, there are 16 confirmed cases in Contra Costa County. Locations of these individuals is not being released due to privacy concerns. However, they are all being actively monitored by public health staff.
Some of the precautions that can be taken by the community to help lessen the spread of COVID-19 are:
Steps Being Taken by the Town of Danville:
- All classes at the Senior Center have been cancelled, but the Center will remain open.
- Middle School Teen Centers continue to operate pending decisions by the SRVUSD around school closures.
- Upcoming events in town are being examined and may be postponed or cancelled. To check the status of your event, go to www.danville.ca.gov.
- Start of the season for our bocce ball leagues has been delayed by one week.
- Staff is contacting parties with facility reservations to see if they want to continue with their events; no new facility reservations are being accepted.
- To maintain social distancing, all Town meetings will be limited to 40 members of the public. Chairs will be spread out to allow a safe distance for attendees. Scout troops on the agenda to do the Pledge of Allegiance will be rescheduled to a later date.
- The Danville Farmers Market will be cancelled through the end of March. At that time it will be reassessed
Elsewhere in the Community:
- Mustang Soccer and Scorpion Lacrosse have suspended activities. Participants in area sports leagues should contact league personnel to determine what actions they are taking regarding coronavirus.
- Organizers of the Devil Mountain Run have opted to cancel this year’s event.
- The Danville Area Chamber of Commerce has cancelled their monthly mixer and is examining other upcoming meetings with the possibility of cancellation.
- SRVUSD has issued guidelines around gatherings and sporting events. https://www.srvusd.net/coronavirus
We know that this constantly evolving situation has raised concerns in the community. Let me assure you that the Town, in collaboration with our county, state, and federal agency partners, is doing everything possible to assist in the mitigation of this illness. Our highest priority is, and always will be, the safety of the people of Danville.
We are very fortunate to have a strong partnership with our community, and it is that bond that I believe will allow us to successfully weather the COVID-19 outbreak. Danville is a strong community, and a compassionate one. Here, neighbors help one another, and look out for one another. We will make it through this current crisis and come through a it stronger and more resilient Danville.