Peace River Electric Cooperative: Coronavirus Precautions

March 6, 2020

At Peace River Electric Cooperative, one of our goals is to operate a workplace that is safe for all employees and guests. It is through a healthy workforce that PRECO delivers reliable electric service to your home or business. Because of growing concerns about the Coronavirus, we wanted to share this status update with you.

As you have likely heard on the news, coronavirus (also referred to as COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that originated in Wuhan City, China. It has been declared as a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization. It was declared a public health emergency in the United States by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources and was also declared a public health emergency in the state of Florida.

Health officials are especially concerned because the disease is being spread from person to person. The Florida Governor announced yesterday, a 60-year-old male in Manatee County and a 20-year-old female in Hillsborough County have both been identified as having the virus. The State of Florida and the Governor are asking everyone to take practical measures to minimize human contact and to minimize exposure.

As a measure of precaution, PRECO is temporarily canceling all in-home energy audits. These will be rescheduled for a later time. We apologize for any inconvenience this temporary measure may cause.

While the threat of exposure exists within the communities we serve, we encourage everyone to take practical steps to minimize potential exposure, in much the same way you would do during flu season. This includes minimizing physical contact, washing your hands thoroughly when you do make contact with another person, and staying home if you feel ill.

The most common symptoms of Coronavirus are fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

As a way to prevent the further spread of this disease, please follow these procedures:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Wash your hands on a regular basis
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Use hand sanitizers when available
  • Wear a protective mask if you are ill, however, masks do not need to be worn by healthy individuals
  • Stay home from work if you show any symptoms
  • Stay home from work if immediate family members show any symptoms

Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent coronavirus.

At this time, there are no, repeat, no suspected cases within our workforce. Employees are being instructed to report to work if they are healthy, but to stay home if they are ill. All systems are operating normally and we have every reason to believe that it will continue to operate without interruption.

Customer service is available on www.preco.coop, on our SmartHub app, or by calling 800-282-3824.

We will provide you with more information as soon as it is available. All updates will be posted on www.preco.coop.