Updated 04/01/2020, from the Office of the Mayor, City of Metropolis
The city of Metropolis has been advised by the Southern Seven Health Department of the first positive test for COVID-19 by a resident of Massac County. We, at the city of Metropolis, have been anticipating this for several weeks. We have spent considerable time planning, educating, and training staff for this event. The city began implementing those plans more than 10 days ago to ensure that vital services would continue uninterrupted. We have daily contact with Federal and State officials, as well as our local healthcare providers, and we continually evaluate and modify our practices based upon the latest medical and scientific information available.
Our plans and procedures have worked thus far because of the cooperation of our businesses and citizens. We want to urge all our friends and neighbors that now, more than ever, it is important that we all continue the safety practices and respect the restrictions we have put in place. The key points to remember are:
- Stay at home as much as possible;
- Avoid face to face contacts as much as possible;
- Wash your hands frequently (for at least 20 seconds);
- Non-essential businesses must remain closed;
- Maintain social distancing (6 feet) when you are in the presence of others.
Following these practices, we will come through this together.
We have been in touch with our local grocers and home commodity suppliers. There is no need to panic buy or hoard. We have been repeatedly assured that there are more than enough groceries and supplies for our community.
Nothing has changed simply because the virus has made its way to our county. We will continue to implement our plan and to use those safety measures that will protect our employees and our citizens.