Gautier declares local state of emergency in preparation of Coronavirus pandemic

Mayor Phil Torjusen announced today that the City of Gautier has declared a local state of emergency in order to provide for the health and safety of citizens in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

City of Gautier services will remain open, but the public is urged to conduct City business through telephone, online and through the utility payment drop box. Utility bills may be paid online, and records requests can be made online.

“We are monitoring the situation closely and will communicate any changes to the public as decisions are made,” City Manager Paula Yancey said. “The safety of our citizens and City staff is of utmost importance as we weigh important decisions regarding the novel coronavirus.”

COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus that causes flu-like illness ranging from mild to severe, with symptoms of fever, coughing, fatigue and difficulty breathing.

Like the flu, COVID-19 it is thought to be spread person-to-person by close contact (within 6 feet) and by coughing or sneezing. Other possible routes of transmission, such as touching surfaces contaminated by the virus, are also being investigated.

On March 13, U.S. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency, and on March 14, Gov. Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency within the state of Mississippi.

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