Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek said Saturday that he will return next week from Senegal, where he is part of a delegation visiting Pasadena’s African sister city Dakar-Plateau, to monitor developments in the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

“I have been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and in frequent communication with our city manager,” Tornek said in a letter. “In light of the situation, I am returning to Pasadena next week.

“The health and safety of our community is paramount. I have the utmost confidence in our health department as we work around the clock in coordination with our local, state and federal officials,” he said. “As you go about your daily lives, please take precautionary measures to ensure your health and safety. Please stay home if you are sick.”

Tornek said most Pasadena businesses will remain open, with many experiencing negative effects because of shutdowns.

“While we are encouraging social distancing, it’s important that we all support our local businesses,” he said. “I urge you to shop and dine local. This could take weeks, if not months to resolve, so we ask your patience in letting us disseminate timely and accurate information and your help in supporting one another.”

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