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Video: Regional leaders prep for potential cases of coronavirus

Mar 10, 2020 06:22AM ● By Editor

Watch the WDIO-TV report here

Leaders share the preparations underway because of the coronavirus outbreak.  Photo: WDIO-TV

From WDIO-TV - March 9, 2020

Duluth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj has been watching the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus for months now. He's also the city's emergency manager. And he said they are ready here, for any potential cases.

"We've been in touch with all of our partners, like St. Louis County, Department of Homeland Security, state agencies, schools, and more," he said. "We've looked at our emergency operations plan and updated it."

The fire department has also stocked up on masks and gloves, which they wear anyways during medical calls. 

Overall, he said, it's business as usual. Advice for those who are worried? "Try to look for accurate information, like on the CDC website," he said. 

As for travel, Wisconsin health leaders said it's a personal decision. But you should take into consideration the health of loved ones around you. "Older adults in your family, or family members who have diseases like asthma, diabetes, lung disease, that should all be taken into consideration right now," shared Julie Willems van Dijk, the deputy secretary of the Department of Health Services.

St. Louis County 911 dispatchers are now asking a travel-related question when it comes to obtaining important information about medical calls.

St. Luke's tweeted out that they offer screening for COVID-19 through their online e-care option.

To see the original article and read related reporting, follow this link to the WDIO-TV website.

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