A novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, and which continues to expand. Cases have been identified in the United States, as well as many other countries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) State health departments including the New Hampshire (NH) Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services' (DPHS), and City of Dover emergency management and health officials are monitoring the situation. 
The City of Dover continues to monitor the status of COVID-19 throughout the country, state and locally. The City's Operations Center remains open and will continue to monitor the situation.

"We have been and remain attentive to how this virus may affect our community, our employees and our families," said City Manager J. Michael Joyal, Jr. "Our local Emergency Operations Center remains in the monitoring phase and we will continue to follow and urge adherence to the precautions being actively promoted by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to limit the risk of exposure to the virus. These precautions have been and will continue to be reinforced with members of our community, our employees, family and friends through our website, social media, Channels 22 and 95, and our email alerts and newsletters. Meanwhile, our Emergency Management Director, Fire Chief Paul Haas, remains in close contact with our state health officials and continues to monitor the information and guidance that is being provided should further actions become necessary."

In addition to providing timely information, the City of Dover wants to remind its residents about the simple precautions that can help protect themselves and others.

"Following these basic guidelines to protect yourself from all respiratory illnesses is good practice," said Mayor Robert Carrier.

Among the steps residents can take to reduce the risk of getting sick from respiratory infections and prevent transmission to others include: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home if you have a fever or are not feeling well.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.

People who are showing signs of the virus, including fever, a cough and shortness of breath, are advised to stay home, limit their contact with others, and immediately contact their healthcare provider or dial 9-1-1.