By Erica Thomas, managing editor
LEEDS — The city of Leeds is reacting to the coronavirus pandemic by trying to keep residents informed and safe.
The city created a COVID-19 hub page on its website, for residents to access the latest information on the virus and on city operations.
Leeds Police Chief Jim Atkinson said his department is depending on the fire department to respond to some calls.
“If we think someone may be sick, we ask the fire department to get them to come to the door,” said Atkinson. “Our fire department is sitting up before they handle or touch anybody.”
Atkinson said police are also limiting responses and traffic stops.
“We will answer calls as they come in but we are not making any physical contact with anybody unless it’s just absolutely necessary,” said Atkinson.
Police vehicles are also equipped with masks, gloves and other protective equipment. No police officers have reported feeling sick.
If an officer has to make contact with a person, they are required to wash their hands thoroughly after the call.
The Leeds Municipal Court officers are temporarily closed. All cases set for March and April are being rescheduled. You can call (205) 699-0913 for more information. The library, parks, the civic center and the senior center are also closed.
The city will have a council meeting on April 6, but plans for the meeting are not finalized.