City staff and especially public safety personnel have been monitoring the outbreak and meeting regularly with state and local officials. The VA Department of Health is the lead agency in the Commonwealth’s response. Our Senior Management Team have met to discuss operations and precautions and will continue to discuss the outbreak, proper hygiene, and the City’s response on a regular basis. We have implemented glove wearing for those who handle money or work directly with the public. Staff are sanitizing areas frequently and our cleaning crew is taking extra precautions when they clean our public buildings. First responders have a supply of masks and gloves and Emergency Management is reviewing the City’s Continuity of Operations Plan and the City’s Pandemic Plan and updating both as needed. We are also working closely with the Winchester Public Schools and will provide any assistance needed.
The City has also launched a Coronavirus web page that provides an overview of important information and links to information from officials.
It’s only a matter of time before the virus hits Winchester and we strongly urge everyone to take this serious, but don’t panic, and know your risk. When you want information or updates, rely only on the CDC, Virginia Department of Health, the City of Winchester (or your local government), or the World Health Organization as there is a lot of misinformation out there on social media and in the media. We get our information directly from conference calls with and memos from state officials and will pass it along to our community via our social media pages, website, newsletters and more.
For more information about the City's response and preparation, please call Emergency Management Coordinator Scott Kensinger at 540-545-4721 or email.