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Mar 05

PART Responding to the Coronavirus

Posted on March 5, 2020 at 7:56 AM by Brooke Kochanski

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Public health officials including the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local Health Departments are actively monitoring the outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus termed “Covid-19”, or Coronavirus. While this has been deemed a public health emergency, at this time, the risk to the American public has been assessed as low.

What are the signs of Coronavirus?
Symptoms of Covid-19 can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

According to the CDC, people are believed to be the most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Individuals are encouraged to monitor their health and if they begin to experience symptoms to contact a doctor immediately.

How Can You Do Your Part to Protect Yourself?
coronavirus-hand-washing-imageCoronaviruses are most often spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, close personal contact, or through touching your nose, mouth, or eyes before washing your hands. While there is currently no vaccine for Covid-19, there are steps you can take to prevent the spread of the virus as well as influenza and the common cold:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds at a time.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

What is PART doing?
PART Staff is closely following the information being provided by the Center for Disease Control, local health departments, our partnering agencies, and the American Public Transportation Association. Our goal is to minimize the risk to our drivers, passengers, and community. In addition to our normal cleaning procedures, we will be utilizing commercial disinfectants on the vehicles. As more information become available, we will be sure to communicate with our passengers.

For more information on the Coronavirus, visit the following links:

Centers for Disease Control

NC Department of Health and Human Services