Story: An official response to the coronavirus across the board

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ANYWHERE: The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has set the world into uncertainty as countries are being impacted by the disease as people are being struck with the illness.

Governing bodies from all over the world along with the top health officials are meeting and discussing what to do to help citizens overcome this disease.

In Marshall, Texas, the city’s emergency management team, under the direction of City of Marshall Fire Department Fire Chief Reggie Cooper, who serves as the emergency management coordinator, along with the administration from the city of Marshall, Harrison County representatives and the Marshall-Harrison County Health District representatives, have been researching, and as Cooper said, have had “monitored daily conference calls with the state pertaining to COVID-19.”

Governing bodies, health officials, emergency officials and education leaders, across the world, are doing as those in Marshall are, closely following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines and recommendations on preventative steps to take.

Cooper shared some information Marshall and Harrison County citizens, and graciously agreed to allow The Murphy Gazette to share. The Murphy Gazette felt that the information shared by Cooper could be applied to all cities that the Gazette logistically covers in Texas and Georgia, and other places.

The statement released from Cooper read as follows:

“1.It has been expressed that communities practice ‘social distancing,’ which includes: a. Restrict physical contact such as handshaking. Use a closed fist to greet and in situations such as pressing buttons to elevators, community keypads, publicly used buttons, light switches, etc;

b. maintain a safe distance of six feet between individuals; c. open doors when possible with a closed fist or hip, trying not to grasp any handles with your hands. ;

d. avoid large gatherings – people should consider limiting or eliminating travel involving flights or cruises where congested areas of people are unavoidable.”

“2. Practice good personal hygiene practices, such as hand washing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoiding the touching of eyes, nose or mouth; regularly wash hands with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds; and if soap and water are not readily available, use a alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.”

“3. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 4. Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. 5. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.”

For those in Texas, stay informed by using the following site:

For those in Georgia, stay informed by using the following site:

Other credible sites to follow: and

As Cooper said, “We are all in this together.”

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