SHERRILL — City of Sherrill Mayor William Vineall has declared a state of emergency and issued the following message to residents.
“As mayor, it is my responsibility to provide leadership to you and the employees of our great City,” he said. “Unfortunately, in our past, we’ve experienced situations that have rattled our community but we’ve also witnessed unparalleled compassion and consideration for our neighbors in need when these events unfolded. I’m confident that this event will be no different, and our community will rally amongst one another during this COVID-19 crisis.”
Vineall continued, saying “This is not to escalate fear amongst residents but to follow the lead of Oneida County and New York States. A state of emergency provides the City with the powers necessary to coordinate and implement plans aimed at protecting its residents and property during a crisis situation.”
Sherrill City Hall and the Community Activity Center will remain closed to the public until further notice. Residents can call or email the appropriate city department for all inquires. Contact information is available on the city website www.sherrillny.org or by calling City Hall at 315-363-2440.
“These are unprecedented times and the information changes on the hour,” Vineall said. “Our dedicated administration and staff are working hard to follow the news from the State and County. It is responsible for all of us to remain calm and make decisions based on facts from credible sources like the Oneida County Health Dept, State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
The city of Sherrill encourages citizens to practice social distancing to prevent and at least slow the spread of the virus is prudent. Social distancing is a non-pharmaceutical intervention whereby people reduce their risk of contact with infected individuals by creating and using ways to increase the distance between people in settings where people commonly come into close contact (within 6 feet) with others. Avoid gatherings of people where close contact with others is a natural.
The city of Sherrill asks everyone to follow these habits to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Wash your hands often
Cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow or tissue
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Clean disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces
Stay home when you’re sick and avoid close contact with others.
Those concerned that they’ve been exposed to COVID-19 and are showing mild symptoms such as fever, respiratory distress, aches, and pains should do the following:
Stay home and self-quarantine
Call your healthcare provider. Do not go to the emergency room, urgent care, or doctor’s office.
After contacting your health care provider, they may direct you to an Oneida County drive through testing location in Utica or Rome.
Vineall said if anyone develops warning signs for COVID-19, they should get medical attention immediately. “These signs may include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in chest, confusion or blush lips and face,” he said.
“This is not all inclusive. Please consult with your health care provider for any other severe symptoms or concerns. Older adults or people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from this illness. Those at higher risk for serious illness should contact their healthcare provider early, even if illness is mild.”
“COVID-19 will have physical, social, emotional and economic impacts to our community, but I also know that in time, life as we know it, will return to normal,” Vineall continued. “The city will continue to monitor this situation and will utilize social media, email and our website to keep our residents up to speed with information as we receive it from reliable sources. Please take care of yourself and your family during this trying time. Stay healthy and safe.”