Township first responders are well prepared.
Township EMS are in constant contact with Butler County EMA, and weekly updates are discussed. The Department has numerous face shields, masks and hazard suits, acquired in the wake of the Ebola epidemic in 2014. Additionally, training on infectious disease has been increased, as has hands-off removal of protective gear.
The departments are also coordinating with the Seneca Valley School District.
The virus produces flu-like symptoms, including mild to severe upper respiratory symptoms that can appear with or without a fever. The elderly are most prone, particularly those with underlying health conditions.
To stop the spread of the virus, the Centers for Disease Control recommends getting a flu shot, washing hands frequently and thoroughly - and practicing social distancing. Those who are sick as advised to stay home.