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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 COVID-19 Advisement to Purcell City Staff

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CITY OF PURCELL COVID-19 “coronavirus” Advisement to Staff for Public Services

COVID-19 is not a hoax. To high risk categories (people with cardiovascular disease, respiratory conditions, diabetes, seniors) it will mean hospitalization and possibly death.

Controlling the spread to our most vulnerable means the rest of us must be mindful of our actions.


  • Spreads more quickly than the average flu strain
  • Lives on surfaces and clothing for up to 12 hours
  • Transmission occurs when a COVID-19 sick person contacts you with cough droplets or you touch the contaminated surface and then touch your nose, mouth or eyes
  • The mortality rate of those who get the standard influenza is less than .1%; 1 in 1,000. The mortality rate of COVID-19 is estimated between .25% and 4%. 2.5 to 40 times higher. That means that a wide range of estimates in death factors between 1 in 400 and 1 in 25 are projected until more data is available. See world and US and Oklahoma


  • If you are in the high risk categories, refrain from contact with the public
  • Do not go to work if sick
  • Minimum 6 feet separation. NO PHYSICAL CONTACT
  • Do not attend large gatherings Do not travel unless absolutely necessary
  • Have a 30 day supply of food and medication on hand. But, be reasonable--do not hoard. The lesser among us are not able to find necessary supplies
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or a 60% alcohol based hand cleanser
  • Clean surfaces with viral disinfectant and allow wet cleaner to remain a minimum of 4 minutes
  • If symptoms, refer to the websites listed above and your physician.
    • fever, cough, shortness of breath/ possible headache and tired
      • Call your doctor. Do not go into medical office unless you call ahead.
      • If you are sick with COVID-19 or are sick and have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, self-quarantine a minimum 14 days from onset. Do not return to work until your doctor approves.

Stay at home when you leave work and find ways to enjoy the opportunity.

A National Emergency has been declared by the President. Emergency Operating Centers as well as all hospitals are implementing their Emergency Operating Plans.

Governor of Oklahoma has declared a State Emergency and placed the decision making process at the local level so we can each do what is best for our citizens.

Again, refer to accurate information on the websites listed above created by the World Health Organization, and the US Center for Disease Control and the Oklahoma Health Department.

Look for opportunities to hear Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He communicates well based on science and what we currently know, updating his responses when new information is verified.

Call 877-215-8336 in Oklahoma for answer to many questions about the virus and what you need to do. Call it before you call your doctor or the hospital. If it is an emergency, call 911.

Deal with the situation seriously to protect others and ourselves. Do not panic, be prepared.

Consider take-out dining—restaurants are being hurt by the situation and welcome your effort to patronize them.

The City of Purcell (City) and Purcell Public Works Authority (PPWA) are two parts of one organization that provide vital services to people in its service area. Public Safety staff groups are Police Department, Fire Department, 911 Communications Emergency Dispatch, and Emergency Management. Other critical groups are Electric, Water, Wastewater, trash disposal, transportation management, codes enforcement and building regulations, recreation, and Hillside Cemetery. In Purcell all groups are able to and will provide support to other levels laterally and vertically. The City Manager manages all department directors. The City Manager is contracted by the City Council/PPWA Trustees.

The Purcell Municipal Hospital (PMH) has its own CEO who is contracted by the PMH Board of Directors, which are appointed by the PPWA Trustees. The City Manager laterally coordinates City and PPWA resources with the PMH CEO.

The City, PPWA and PMH coordinate their efforts in Purcell to bring intellectual talent, financial strength and material assets together to provide the best services for the community in whatever situation.

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