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Officials distribute best practices on COVID-19 prevention and treatment

Town staff are consulting with state and county health and emergency preparedness agencies on best practices and preparedness for response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus).

As part of that discussion, officials have distributed memos from the state Center for Disease Control and Prevention on best practices for preventing contraction and spread of COVID-19, as well as treatment of the virus. Download: Preventing 2019-nCoV from Spreading to Others _ CDC | Prevention, Treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) _ CDC

Town Manager Matthew Sturgis reported on March 9, 2020 that heads of town departments met that morning for a full organizational discussion. "Discussions were held on proper measures for sanitizing work surfaces, high traffic public facilities, hygiene issues like washing hands, as well as preparing for responding to operations that may be impaired due to quarantine efforts," Sturgis said in his monthly report to the Town Council.

Cape Elizabeth Fire Chief Peter Gleeson and Emergency Preparedness Director Charlie Kennedy are in frequent discussions with the state CDC, and Cumberland County Emergency Management Agency, on best practices and preparedness, he said. "We find that it will be best to be able to respond, versus react, in these types of situations," Sturgis said.