Princeton Mayor Joel Quiram says there are residents who need to do a better job social distancing due to COVID-19. In a new Facebook post the mayor says most businesses throughout Princeton and the state are closed. He says the virus did it. We haven’t seen the virus, but we know it’s out there. He says if the virus can’t be seen, and you don’t know someone who has it, it’s easy for some to go about their lives as though nothing will happen. The mayor says Princeton’s Main Street looks as busy as ever. Kids are playing basketball at Alexander Park. Families are going to Wal Mart and groups of kids are riding bikes together. In short, in many areas, there’s not much social distancing being practiced.
Mayor Quiram says COVID-19 is a virus that can only be extinguished if there is no one to pass it on to. That’s why social distancing and staying home is so important. But extinguishing the virus won’t happen anytime soon if things continue to go as they currently are. This applies to everywhere because this is a virus that is only now beginning to sweep across the country.
People who disregard social distancing and who do not follow the federal guidelines are practicing reckless, irresponsible and selfish behavior. Kids need to understand that they are not invincible; they will get the virus. They may not know it, but they could still pass it on to their parents and their grandparents, and they are the ones who will suffer. He says this behavior needs to end.
He says to stay home. But if you must venture out to an essential business, go alone, leave the family home, and practice social distancing by following the federal, state and local guidelines.
The guidelines are stated below:
If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work, do not go to the grocery store, do not venture outside your home.
If your children are sick, keep them at home, and call your medical provider.
If you are an older person, or have a serious underlying health condition, stay home and stay away from other people, including family.
If someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19, keep the entire household home. The family member who tests positive needs to be kept in isolation, away from other household members.
Work or study from home whenever possible.
Avoid all social gatherings in groups of 10 or more… this can be achieved by staying home.
Avoid all discretionary travel.
While most are not allowing visitors, do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term car facilities unless to provide critical assistance by request.
Wash your hands every 20 minutes for 20 seconds, more so after touching and frequently used item or surface.
Avoid touching your face.
Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
Disinfect frequency used items and surfaces as much as possible.
Do not shake hands.
Mayor Quriam says will all get through this together. It will take time, but by following these guidelines we will get through it much sooner than later.