Amid coronavirus fears, Montgomery County Board of Elections sends cleaning kits to polling places

Yolanda Norman of Dekalb County uses te new voting machines at Voter Registration and Elections Office in Atlanta on Monday, March 2, 2020.
Yolanda Norman of Dekalb County uses te new voting machines at Voter Registration and Elections Office in Atlanta on Monday, March 2, 2020.

Credit: Miguel Martinez

Credit: Miguel Martinez

Montgomery County has sent cleaning kits to all 360 precincts at 150 polling locations amidst coronavirus fears.

A release from the Montgomery County Board of Elections said the kits include alcohol wipes, hand sanitizer and cleaning cloths. The Center for Disease Control and voting equipment manufacturers recommended the products, the board said.

As of Saturday morning, no cases of the novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, have been reported in Ohio. The risk to the general public remains low, but the release encouraged people to practice good hygiene and prepare for the possibility of an outbreak.

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The release promotes hand-washing for at least 20 seconds, using alcohol-based hand sanitizer, avoiding contact with people who are sick or if you feel sick.

Households should have emergency plans in place, ensuring they have food and medicine to last up to two weeks, and preparations in case someone needs to stay home. The release said residents should also be on the lookout for any events that may be cancelled.

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