MI Thrift Shop Closed Due To Potential Coronavirus Exposure
Mar 3, 2020 – Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Mercer Island will not be opening the Mercer Island Thrift Shop on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. The spouse of a Mercer Island Thrift Shop employee has a suspected, but not confirmed, case of COVID-19. The spouse/patient did not visit the Thrift Shop. Centers for Disease Control standards on testing do not allow for the patient to be tested at this time; test kits are being reserved only for critically ill individuals.
The City takes seriously the safety of our Thrift Shop patrons, volunteers, and staff and the Thrift Shop will remain closed until the facility can be cleaned and disinfected in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) standards.
The City would like to stress the importance of staying home when sick, washing hands frequently, avoiding touching one’s face, and taking other preventative steps as follows:
During this time of heightened anxiety, our community values may be tested. The City asks all residents to continue to demonstrate compassion and care as we navigate this rapidly evolving global health situation in our own neighborhoods.
- Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue or your arm
- Clean your work area at least once, ideally twice a day. Don’t forget phones, keyboards, and door handles
- Forgo the handshake for a wave or “elbow bump”
- Eat healthy, stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest
For accurate official information and science-based guidance related to the status of COVID-19 it is recommended to look to the CDC and Public Health Seattle-King County websites.
The Washington State Dept. of Health has also established a call center to address questions from the public. If you have questions about what is happening in Washington State, how the virus is spread, and what to do if you have symptoms, please call 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
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