SLOCOMB, Ala. (WDHN) — Slocomb Mayor Rob Hinson said he’s balancing his community’s health concerns while promoting the retail philosophy of shop local.
Hinson’s advice to his constituents is to follow the COVID-19 guidelines put out by the state and federal governments. With confirmed cases in neighboring Houston County, Hinson said to be cautious when being around people who display symptoms of the contagious disease.
Like any emergency rescue department in the nation, Slocomb Fire-EMS is relying on body protection equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Supplies have been low until this week as emergency protective equipment is coming in from the state.
“They provide a full gown, mask, eye protection, hand protection, just to try to give a full spectrum of isolation from the caregiver to the patient,” Chief Kyle Hovey said.
In a news conference Thursday morning, Hinson said many residents in eastern Geneva County commute to Dothan for work. There are currently two coronavirus cases among Houston county residents and another three from outside the county being treated at Southeast Health.
“A lot of us commute back and forth to work from our community here over the affected cities and counties,” he said. “My plea with folks in those fields, in those jobs, if you come into contact with people, if you think you’ve been exposed, please be mindful that when you come back to our community, take those measures that you need to take so that our people here and our businesses aren’t affected over here.”
Police Chief Scott Howerton instructed his officers to handle as many non-emergency calls as possible over the phone. It’s an effort to reduce the chances of personnel being in close proximity to the virus.
Hinson said his town is open for business, and it’s time to shop local in order to keep the doors open for hometown businesses.