By WVUA 23 Reporter Julia Smith

The coronavirus has spread to 13 states and has prompted concern and some stress for Americans.

Mayor Walt Maddox addressed the Tuscaloosa community Thursday afternoon to provide reliable information about how to be prepared.

“I have authorized the purchasing of necessary supplies for our first responders, increase the frequencies of cleanings of city facilities and for departments to prepare response protocol and contingency plans for the continuation of operations,” Maddox said.

Maddox shared four key ways to prevent from catching the virus:

  • Communicate with your family and co workers
  • Plan ahead just in case their were to be a outbreak
  • Take precaution by washing your hands and sanitize surfaces you often use.
  • Common sense- do not travel or be around someone who may have a case of the virus.

Fire Chief Randy Smith and TCS Superintendent Mike Daria also shared the precautions their departments are taking to make sure that the community is a clean environment. 911 call takers will have additional information to be able to ask questions to evaluate the risk. There has also been a increase in cleaning and disinfecting of all the schools in Tuscaloosa.

With Tuscaloosa officials doing their best to prevent the outbreak of the Corona virus, they ask that citizens do their part as well. Ways to prevent from contracting this virus is similar to staying clean from any illness. Wash your hands, do not get in contact with someone who may be sick and sanitize your surroundings regularly.

Although there is plenty of information on social media about the virus, not all posts are necessarily true. For reliable information about the coronavirus, visit the CDC’s website here.

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