Help prevent the spread of COVID-19 - throw those gloves in the trash
Plastic gloves and masks are everywhere, littering parking lots, streets, parks and creeks. They’re also making their way into curbside recycling carts. It’s dangerous because it can spread the disease to our essential workers and others.
Do your part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Be sure to properly dispose of used gloves and masks in the trash. When you do go out, keep a plastic bag in your car or purse to store used gloves and masks in until you can trash them.
COVID-19 information from Tarrant County Public Health
Tarrant County Public Health serves as Mansfield’s public health department and is providing up-to-date information to residents on COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Tarrant County Public Health’s Emergency Preparedness staff is working closely with The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services to get the latest updates on this evolving situation. They are also updating local response plans as needed and have sent health alerts to the Tarrant County medical community and other partners, including Mansfield public safety and emergency management.
Who is at risk?
While most people diagnosed with COVID-19 will present mild symptoms and eventually recover, there are members of the population that are more at risk. The CDC says best evidence available indicates the risk of severe illness begins to increase with people age 50 and increases with age. The highest risk group are persons age 80 and over and those with underlying medical conditions.
How to protect yourself and others
Although there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best way to prevent infection is to take the following precautions at home, at work or out in the community:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- High risk individuals are advised to avoid large or mass gatherings where people are within arm’s length of each other.
What is the City of Mansfield doing in response to the current situation?
- Placing hand sanitizer at all public counters in City buildings.
- Providing staff with hand sanitizer and disinfectant to use on all surfaces at City buildings and routinely cleaning public areas of City facilities.
- Meeting regularly with staff to evaluate City operations and programs and events to determine any specific course of action.
- Modifying training programs and gatherings for staff to protect and prevent the possible spread of the virus to employees that could ultimately impact patrons.
- Participating in briefings with Tarrant County Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control to have the most up-to-date information.