City of Wasco Proclamation – Local Emergency COVID-19  (PDF)

 

March 20, 2020

Press Release COVID-19  3/20/2020 (PDF)
Press Release COVID-19 3/20/2020 – Spanish (PDF)

PRESS RELEASE 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                    Contact:  Maria O. Martinez, City Clerk                           March 20, 2020                                (661) 758-7215

CITY OF WASCO LIMITS STAFFING TO ESSENTIAL ONLY
IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19  AND GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER

Due to the recent cases of confirmed Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Kern County and Governor Newsom’s Stay-at-Home Executive Order issued on 3-19-2020, The City of Wasco is taking the following precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our staff and residents:

Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, until further notice, all city offices which primarily provide customer service will continue to remain closed to the public and telephones will not be manned.

Details of alternative ways to conduct business with the city will be detailed along with notices of continued crucial services such as water, wastewater and sanitation will be posted to the city’s website.

All Wasco residents are encouraged to stay actively engaged in monitoring the status of COVID-19 in Kern County and to heed the Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order. Additionally, residents are reminded to practice good hand-washing hygiene and practice the recommended social-distancing, as recommended per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kern County Public Health.

The City of Wasco also recognizes that toilet paper is limited in retail stores forcing some residents to resort to other products such as tissues, paper towels, baby wipes, flushable wipes, etc. The City advises that residents DO NOT flush these items down your toilet, throw them away in the trash. Flushing wipes, paper towels, and similar products down toilets will clog sewers and cause backups and overflows at wastewater treatment facilities, creating an additional public health risk in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Even wipes labeled “flushable” will clog pipes and interfere with sewage collection and treatment in Wasco. The City’s Wastewater Treatment Plant may get overwhelmed, residents may face In-home plumbing backups and blockages.

The City of Wasco is committed to keeping our residents informed with current information. Please visit the City’s website: www.ci.wasco.ca.us  for the latest information and links regarding COVID-19.

For further information and assistance, please email the City Clerk’s Office at cityclerk@ci.wasco.ca.us.

March 16, 2020

Notice – Press Release COVID-19 (PDF)

NOTICE:
PROCLAMATION OF LOCAL EMERGENCY IN RESPONSE TO THE GLOBAL COVID-19 PANDEMIC

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:
Maria O. Martinez, City Clerk March 16, 2020 (661) 758-7215


In response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout California, the City of Wasco has proclaimed a local emergency in order to ensure core city services can be maintained to keep the community as safe and supported as possible.

The City of Wasco is working closely with Kern County Public Health and keeping up to date information regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The City will continue to work diligently to ensure the health and safety of our community and staff remain a priority. At this time there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kern County nor in the City of Wasco.

The City of Wasco will be considering ratifying the City Manager/Director of Emergency Services’ proclamation of a local emergency on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This proclamation and ratification enable the City Manager to control and direct the effort of the emergency organization of the city and coordinate such efforts with other government agencies and partners.

The City of Wasco is taking the following precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our staff and residents:
Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, until further notice, all city offices which primarily provide customer service will be limited and/or closed to the public. The areas include that will most impact the community are the Finance Department, Planning Department, and City Hall. Additionally, to protect our residents and staff members, Dial-a-Ride services will also be suspended on March 18, 2020, until further notice. Residents may still contact city staff by phone by calling (661)758-7214.

These are very fluid and challenging circumstances. While we understand this may be an inconvenience for many of our residents and customers, these measures are being undertaken to protect residents, city staff, and essential city services.

All Wasco residents are encouraged to stay actively engaged in monitoring the status of COVID-19 as the situation can change on an hourly basis. Additionally, residents are
reminded to practice good hand-washing hygiene, practice the recommended social-distancing, and refrain from visiting public spaces if you feel ill, as recommended per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kern County Public Health.

The City of Wasco is committed to keeping our residents informed with current information. Please visit the City’s website: www.ci.wasco.ca.us for additional details as it becomes available and links regarding information on COVID-19.

For further information and assistance, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (661) 758-7215.