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Officials concoct 'plans' for virus

Local emergency responders have taken some steps to help prevent the potential spread of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, which made its first confirmed appearance in Oregon over the weekend.

“We’re monitoring the situation,” said Police Chief Jeff Lynn. “We have plans in place.”

Sweet Home Police Department will have a tiered response depending on the severity of any outbreak, Lynn said. “Right now, we’re encouraging all employees to take personal hygiene steps.”

That includes covering the mouth when sneezing or coughing, using hand sanitizer in the field and using masks w...