At the March 11 City Commission meeting, Police Chief Lawrence Revell gave a public safety update with information on changes in the police department, new security cameras, and COVID-19 plans.
Revell said the police department is moving forward with the Citizens Youth Advisory Board and the officer wellness program. He said the department has also been focused on educating the public on pedestrian safety.
Revell also mentioned new security cameras in the Bond area. He said there are seven locations with five more to be added in Bond as well as seven locations in Greater Frenchtown.
Additionally, Fire Department Division Chief Michael Hadden discussed the department’s plan for handling calls for potential COVID-19 cases in Tallahassee.
“We have a tiered dispatch where, as the call takers get information, they’ll ask certain questions that will make triggers as far as identifying a potential patient,” Hadden said. “Once they identify a potential patient, they’ll relay that information to the troops out in the field. When they do that, we’re going to have a coordinated response.”
Hadden said once responders arrive, they will put on personal protective equipment and give the patient a mask. Responders will then determine whether the patient should be transported to the emergency room or self-quarantine at home.
Mayor John Dailey asked if the City is prepared to set up a quarantine facility to prevent the virus from spreading through families. Hadden said the CDC recommends that people self-quarantine at home but wear a mask and maintain a six-foot distance from others.
City Manager Reese Goad said all City departments have put Continuity of Operation Plans in place, and additional steps will be taken as the situation unfolds.