Local agencies create Muskingum Co. Joint Unified Command Center for COVID-19

COVID-19 Local News

ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Several local agencies came together to speak on their efforts for fighting against the Coronavirus outbreak Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Muskingum County Health Department, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county. Click here for the latest information from the department.

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After getting temperature checks from everyone inside the Muskingum County Center for Seniors, Director of the health department Dr. Butterfield spoke for the Muskingum County Joint Unified Command Center.

He says the group is monitoring state recommendations to guide and protect the community.

“We have been meeting daily for some time now. Last week, with the Health Department and emergency management agencies we implemented what we call a Unified Command System to develop our plan to respond to this rapidly changing Coronavirus situation. We are also continuously monitoring state recommendations as we develop our guidelines to protect our community. Our Joint Unified Command is generating safety advice and recommendations from local organizations and businesses in an effort to help them through this difficult time.”

The effort is joined by the health department, EMA, fire departments, law enforcement and other organizations.

Butterfield spoke on social distancing as well as closing businesses and restricting restaurants and dining services. He also spoke on the most vulnerable populations.

“A special concern is our high-risk population which includes those over 60-years-old, people with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease such as asthma and COPD and anybody with an impairment of the immune system for any reason.”

According to Butterfield, the group is also advising first responders.

“We are advising our first responders on how they can protect themselves in their work as they work to protect us, the citizens of our community. With personal protective equipment and safety guidelines for transportation of patients.”

Here is the entire press conference.

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