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City leaders discuss coronavirus concerns

Posted at 5:31 PM, Mar 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-12 18:31:35-04

Corpus Christi City leaders came together in a joint meeting to discuss coronavirus concerns public officials were able to talk about their action plan.

So far the City says there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus here in Nueces County.

The City-County health department says they are monitoring the activity of five people locally.

City leaders also say a huge way the community can protect themselves is if everyone will do their part to stay safe and healthy.

The press conference took place at City Hall and the health district needs everyone to self-observe themselves.

The health district says they have been working with State Health officials, the CDC, hospitals, daycares and more.

City Manager Peter Zanoni says an additional 20 staff members have been hired and redirected to the health department.

“We need to keep doing what we're doing but we have to change a little bit and be mindful this is a serious condition the coronavirus it's not just something you just listen to and keep going on another way, business change slightly and then keep going on,” says Zanoni.

Zanoni also says no city departments have closed and first responders are working their shifts.

At the meeting, Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales told the community not to be surprised for even bigger announcements in the future.

“You might see in the coming days or weeks or months that Nueces County feels that it's in the best interests to declare a local disaster declaration, this could happen,” says Judge Canales.

The city says if you feel like you have symptoms of the Coronavirus, to not go to the Emergency Room but contact the health department’s hotline at 361-826-7200.

If a positive case is found, the City says they will have another meeting.

Testing for the Coronavirus will be available here in Corpus Christi on March 23rd.