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North Bend Emergency Manager statement on COVID-19


Posted 3/17/20

The following statement was released by North Bend Emergency Manager Waylon Fischer on Monday, March 16:

Press Release to North Bend Eagle
Coronavirus


The Coronavirus is in our area, but at this time there are no reports of any one in North Bend area with the coronavirus. It is our mission to protect the citizens of the North Bend area, our guests and business owners.

The symptoms of the Coronavirus are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you have one or more of these symptoms you are encouraged to stay home and call your doctor or Methodist Health Systems Coronavirus hotline 402-815-7425. Please don’t just go to an emergency department. Call ahead of time to help prevent the spread. If you need an ambulance, when you call 9-1-1, dispatch you will be asking questions to alert fire responders if there is a concern of Coronavirus. If you call 9-1-1 and you are having any symptom of the Coronavirus, North Bend Fire will come wearing mask, safety glasses, face shields, and gowns to protect our first responders.

We encourage everyone to reduce their exposure. Here are some examples to reduce your exposure: Do your business over the phone or email when possible, have phone or video meetings instead of face to face meetings, wash hands often and use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not an option, don’t touch your face and stock up on your basic household needs. You should stock up on supplies for at least two weeks of food, medication, toilet paper, and bottle water. We are working with Three River Department of Health and Dodge County Emergency Management. Any important information that needs to be shared check North Bend Fire Department Facebook page and North Bend Eagle social media pages.

Waylon Fischer
City of North Bend Emergency Manager
Fire Chief- North Bend Fire Department

In addition, the following letter was sent to North Bend businesses through the North Bend Area Chamber of Commcerce, also dated March 16:

Dear Chamber of Commerce,

I have been working with Three River Health Department and Dodge County Emergency Management. The Coronavirus is in our area, but at this time there are no reports of anyone in the North Bend area with the coronavirus. It is our mission to protect the citizens of the North Bend area, our guests and business owners. The symptoms of the Coronavirus are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you have one or more of these symptoms, you are encouraged to stay home and call your doctor or Methodist Health Systems Coronavirus hotline 402-815-7425. Please don’t go to an emergency department. Call ahead time to help prevent the spread.

I would encourage your business to get creative and find ways to reduce the exposure of the Coronavirus. Find ways to prevent direct contact with the general public which may not be feasible for all business. Remind your employees to wash their hands often and when they don’t have access to washing, they should use hand sanitizer frequently. Don’t touch your face, and if sick stay home.

I’m working with the City to set up a command system and prepare to launch the command center if needed. We will update you with all important information when it becomes available. To get the latest information please check the North Bend Fire Department Facebook page and North Bend Eagle Social media.

Thank You,
Waylon Fischer
City of North Bend Emergency Manger
Fire Chief North Bend Fire Department

 

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