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As we prepare for the expected increase in Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in Marin County, we want you to have accurate information and a clear understanding of what we in Belvedere are doing to respond to COVID-19. To date there is no vaccine and no anti-viral treatment for this new respiratory virus. However, by working together, we can slow its spread in the community and level the local curve of contagion.
In an emergency, ensuring that city personnel and the general public have reliable information could be a decisive factor in keeping people safe. Unfortunately, there is a lot of fake news on TV, the internet and social media. Instead, look for the most accurate information and updates here:
Our first concern is for the most vulnerable among us. Many Belvedere residents are in the high-risk cohort: over 60 years old with immune deficiency, lung or heart disease. If you are one of these individuals - particularly if living alone - we want to hear from you to keep you safe. As you know, Belvedere is already engaged in emergency preparedness for events like fire, earthquake and flood. This is a different type of emergency, but one that can benefit from our existing Block Captain program. There is no better time than NOW to tap into this valuable system. Contact your Block Captain if you need help inputting your information. If you don’t know who your Block Captain is or you are uncomfortable with the internet, just call the City (415-435-3838) and ask to speak with the office coordinator or another staff member.
Meanwhile, everyone can do some simple things to reduce the risk of infection:
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available
• Avoid touching your face
• Cover your cough with a tissue or crook of your elbow (not hands)
• Stay home from work or school if you have a fever or are feeling ill
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
If you do get sick, call your doctor before heading for the overcrowded, germ-ridden E.R. unless you have a high fever or difficulty breathing. Your doctor will arrange for you to be tested and most people who feel sick can self-quarantine at home. Just in case, make a family plan beforehand; have prescriptions filled for 30 days and enough food for a week. If you have a neighbor in quarantine – involuntary or voluntary – please notify the City or the undersigned so that we can provide needed assistance.
The City is modifying its civic procedures during this time. On advice from the Centers for Disease Control, as well as state and county agencies, we are taking steps to enforce/enable social distancing, have cancelled meetings of more than 100 persons, postponed large events, and spaced seating in public rooms. Just today, Governor Newsom suspended provisions of the Brown Act, to allow meetings to be conducted by remote participation without impairing opportunity for public input.
Public health officials advise that this pandemic could get more serious and it is likely to spread more widely here in Marin. Belvedere staff and your City Council will continue to monitor the situation and we recognize that we may have to implement more rigorous practices as circumstances dictate. Check the Belvedere website for updates. If you have any questions, contact the City and undersigned at any time.
Nancy Kemnitzer, Mayor
Dr. Tom Cromwell
Craig Middleton, City Manager
Jason Wu, Chief of Police