VOLUNTEER GUIDANCE ON CORONAVIRUS
Effective March 11, 2020

Background
The Charlotte County Democratic Party is taking measures to help slow down the corona virus by making it harder to spread.

According to health experts, the best way to prevent a catastrophic explosion of cases in the next few weeks is to prevent infected people from coming in close contact with healthy ones. 

Currently, there are at least 14 COVID-19 cases in Florida including five people who have no history of recent international travel. There were two deaths including one in neighboring Lee County. Thus far, there is one case in Charlotte County.

With a lack of guidance from the White House, and the Florida Governor leaving the decision making to local leaders, we must make our own safety decisions and be a part of the solution and not the problem.

Our Suggestions:

Therefore, relative to our volunteer work, the Charlotte County Democratic Party will follow the risk assessment guidance from the CDC regarding the appropriate course of action. For CDC guidance, click here. Accordingly:

  • Any volunteer who has symptoms should not attend sponsored Party events or come into the office; please discontinue voter outreach in our community.
  • Any volunteer who is considered high- or medium-risk, meaning you do not have symptoms but have been in direct contact with a person who positively-identified as having COVID-19, should discontinue outreach activities, not attend Party events or come into our office.
  • Any volunteer who does not have symptoms and is considered low-risk: there are no restrictions.

Because this virus may have an impact on our ability to reach voters, we encourage all Democrats to Vote By Mail in the upcoming August Primary and the November General Election.

Summary:

This is a time to believe our scientists and medical personnel to take personal responsibility for preventing the spread of COVID-19 as well as false information about the disease.  While we hope this is helpful, the Charlotte County Democrats is not a medical resource.  Please refer to https://www.cdc.gov for further guidance.

Our goal is to keep you and our community safe. Thank you for all that you do. Stay safe.

Teresa Jenkins

Chair,

Charlotte County Democratic Executive Committee

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