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Plans in place for COVID-19

By Staff, 03/24/20 10:21 AM

PRESCOTT – At this time, city hall and the Hamilton-Blakely Senior Center are being cleaned and sanitized to battle the coronavirus.

Prescott Mayor Terry Oliver said the city has plans in place to combat COVID-19. Along with cleaning city hall, all city shops will also be sanitized. This includes the water, street and electric departments. While this is being done at city hall, Oliver said the office staff will be off until Thursday. Employees with the water, sewer and electric departments are on call for emergencies. Trash will be picked up all over town Thursday, with the street department workers joining forces with the sanitation department to get the job expedited as quickly as possible.

Oliver said he’ll wait till Sunday to decide what to do about next week, but the city is taking precautions this week. The youth center and youth center rentals have been closed till further notice and the social distancing guidelines are in effect. Envelopes are under the awning so people can pay their bills using the drop box. The city is suspending picking up limbs and other debris as it’s not a priority, but will continue picking up household garbage.

He said the senior center is also closed, but the staff is calling the center’s clients to check up on them. In addition, he added, the center sent food home with clients before it shut down.

Debbie Henderson, administrator of the Nevada County Health Unit, said the unit is closed to patients at this time. Those needing services are being redirected to other units that have staff. Those needing services provided by the health department can call Hempstead or Clark County.