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La Vergne mayor issues ‘Safer at Home’ order amid COVID-19 outbreak

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Posted at 12:42 PM, Apr 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-02 13:42:43-04

LA VERGNE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Mayor Jason Cole has issued a “Safer at Home” order for La Vergne as the COVID-19 outbreak continues.

As cases continue to rise, Mayor Cole asked all residents to stay at home, limit travel to only essential trips and for all non-essential business to close their doors. However, the initiative does not mandate sheltering in place.

“We need to be proactive and get ahead of the spread of this virus,” says Mayor Jason Cole. “Our top priority is protecting our citizens, employees and first responders. We are considering everything and anything that may be necessary to do that.”

The city has suspended City Court through the month of April, as well as canceled its Easter Egg Hunt. City building lobbies have been closed indefinitely, along with all city parks. The La Vergne Public Library is closed until further notice.

Governor Bill Lee announced a statewide “Safer at Home” order on March 30. The order classifies businesses such as barbershops, salons, night clubs, entertainment venues, and indoor play areas as nonessential. A full list of non-essential businesses can be found here.

For more information on how the virus is affecting the City of La Vergne visit LaVergneTN.gov.

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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.

Prevention

The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.