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Posted on: March 13, 2020

City of Jackson taking action to stop spread of coronavirus

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The City of Jackson is responding to the serious threat of COVID-19 coronavirus and how it could impact the community. City leaders have been coming together to plan emergency response plans and precautionary measures. To stop the spread of the illness, City administration is taking the following actions:

-City employees who have traveled abroad have self-quarantined as a precaution to COVID-19.

-The City has suspended all non-essential business travel outside of Jackson County for employees until further notice.

-The City has cancelled all recreation activities, and closed a community center, for the next two weeks.

-The City will not shut off water service to residents in our water system over the next three weeks to aid hand-washing and overall public health.

-Jackson City Hall will remain open to continue vital operations of the City, but over the next three weeks, City government will be running with minimum staff to allow employees to care for family and self-isolate.

-Board and commission meetings have been postponed until further notice. City Council meetings will continue so important City business can proceed.

In addition to these actions, Mayor Derek Dobies reached out to the Governor’s Office and asked her to consider a temporary order to ban mass gatherings of more than 100 people. With the health of the community a top priority, intervention from the Mayor has caused several large scale events in Jackson to be cancelled. He has also reached out to the Attorney General’s Office seeking advice on how City government meetings can be held safely and still comply with the Open Meeting Act.

“We recognize the threat coronavirus poses to vulnerable populations in our City, and we are taking a strong stance to be prepared as a city,” said Mayor Dobies.

City administration plans to use Tuesday’s City Council meeting to share contingency plans for City facilities, events and services, along with discussing what other policy measures might be necessary to help residents struggling with this health crisis. The actions being taken by City government will help prepare the City if the Mayor declares a local State of Emergency. The City of Jackson will continue to update residents about responses to this situation using the City’s website, social media, and our CodeRED mass communication system.

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