City of Richmond to remain closed through May 17, essential services will continue

Posted at 1:27 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 13:59:54-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Mayor Levar Stoney announced Thursday that City of Richmond offices will remain closed to the public through Sunday, May 17.

The extension comes as city officials announced 339 coronavirus cases in the city with 15 deaths. Richmond/Henrico Health Director Danny Avula says 14 of the 15 deaths are African-Americans.

The closures are designed to ensure the health and safety of residents, employees and the general public in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the city said in a statement.

Designated essential personnel will continue to report for work, and essential city services will continue.

For a list of those essential services, click here.

For updates on the city’s response to COVID-19, click here.

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COVID-19 Precautions

Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.

COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.

Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.Avoid non-essential travel.