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President Trump extends social distancing guidelines until April 30

Photo by Tom Rivers: A sign for the First Presbyterian Church of Albion encourages people to stay home.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 29 March 2020 at 9:07 pm

President Donald Trump announced today that he will be extending federal guidelines for social distancing until April 30. Those guidelines, intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus, were due to expire on Monday. The president put them in place originally for 15 days.

More than 2,000 people affected by the virus in the United States have died, including nearly 1,000 in New York State.

The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America

• Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.

• If you feel sick, stay home. Do  not go to work. Contact your medical provider.

• If your children are sick, keep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.

• If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.

• If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.

• If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lungs or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.

Do Your Part to Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus

• Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

• Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.

• If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.

• Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.

• Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts — use drive-thru, pickup or delivery options.

• Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits.

• Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.

Practice Good Hygiene

• Wash you hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.

• Avoid touching your face.

• Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.

• Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

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