To all DuPont Citizens,
I want to assure you that all City departments are working and maintaining essential City functions. All public safety officers are on the job. Now, I ask each individual and each family in DuPont to do your part as well. STAY HOME, STAY HEALTHY.
There are now at least 2,221 confirmed cases of the Novel Corona Virus COVID-19 in Washington State and, tragically, 110 confirmed deaths.
COVID-19 is easily transmitted, especially in group settings. Preventing the further spread of this disease hinges on everyone reducing their interactions with others, especially those beyond their immediate household. At greater risk are those who have a compromised immune system; are pregnant; have a serious condition such as diabetes, heart disease or lung disease; or have an existing cough, fever, and/or difficulty breathing. People older than 60 years of age are especially vulnerable to COVID-19. The spread of the virus must be slowed to protect the ability of health care providers to handle the influx of new patients and safeguard public health and safety.
On March 23, 2020 Governor Jay Inslee issued Proclamation 20-25 “Stay Home – Stay Healthy” directing all Washington residents to immediately cease leaving their homes or place of residence except to conduct or participate in essential activities or employment in essential business services; the prohibitions will be lifted at midnight April 6, 2020. Accordingly, I now direct all DuPont citizens to abide by the Governor’s proclamation.
Essential activities are limited to:
- Obtaining necessary supplies and services for family or household members and pets, such as groceries, food and supplies for household consumption and use, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, and products necessary to maintain safety, sanitation and essential maintenance of the home or residence.
- Engaging in activities essential for the health and safety of family, household members and pets, including things such as seeking medical or behavioral health or emergency services and obtaining medical supplies or medication.
- Caring for a family member, friend, or pet in another household or residence, and to transport a family member, friend or their pet for essential health and safety activities, and to obtain necessary supplies and services.
- Engaging in outdoor exercise activities, such as walking, hiking, running or biking, but only if appropriate social distancing practices are used.
Your individual employer is best equipped to advise you as to whether you are employed in an “essential business service” and should continue coming to work. The Governor’s proclamation does not prohibit working from home or restaurants and food services that provide food delivery or take-away service. A complete list of essential business services and the Governors Proclamation can be found at the City of DuPont website and can also be found at the Washington State Governor’s official website.
These prohibitions do not apply if your home or residence is unsafe, or becomes unsafe for any reason. If this is the case, you are permitted, and strongly urged, to leave that location and find a safe, alternative location.
Even when engaging in essential activities the Center for Diseases Control’s guidelines should be followed at all times. These precautions include the following:
- Maintain at least 6 feet from other individuals.
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or use hand sanitizer.
- Cover coughs or sneezes and do not shake hands.
- Refrain from touching your face, particularly eyes, nose and mouth.
- Perform routine environmental cleaning with a sanitizing product.
DuPont is a strong community, we can and we will prevail by helping one another. The City is operational and all essential services, including police and fire, are operational. I continue to ask that you support my staff, our community and each other during this emergency by abiding by the Governor’s proclamation and using all precautions. We will beat this together!
Signed this 24th day of March, 2020.
Ronald J. Frederick, Mayor