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A Message from The City of Keene Regarding the Coronavirus

Post on March 11, 2020

The City of Keene is reminding residents and businesses to remain vigilant. Personal hygiene is one of the easiest prevention measures people can take to minimize the risk of getting COVID-19. The CDC website contains complete information and guidance as well as current situation updates.

CDC: prevention and treatment tips, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth .
  • Use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if sick.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.

CDC: business guidance, including:

  • Encourage good employee hygiene practices.
  • Perform good house cleaning; disinfect common spaces, common surfaces, tabletops, counters, etc.
  • Review travel and meeting policies.
  • Review sick and work at home policies.
  • Encourage sick employees to stay home, separate sick employees if possible.
  • Review your staffing plans and continuity of operations plans.

CDC cleaning and disinfection tips, including:

Wear disposable gloves and clean high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks). EPA-registered household disinfectants and those with diluted household bleach solution or alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol will work. A simple do-it-yourself bleach solution is:

  • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or
  • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

The CDC reminds older residents and those with a weakened immune system to be mindful, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid sick people.
  • If you feel sick, contact your primary care doctor.

If you are a neighbor of an older person, you can help:

  • Contact the person.
  • Offer to do an errand or grocery shopping.
  • Be a good neighbor.

Please direct press inquiries to
Amy Wright
603-352-6161 x324