SHERMAN — First Selectman Don Lowe declared a state of emergency Thursday to help his town address the novel coronavirus outbreak.

There are no known cases of the virus in Sherman at this time, and Lowe said the town is striving to keep it that way.

Lowe said he decided to declare the state of emergency due to the seriousness of the COVID-19 situation and for help from federal assistance.

“Meanwhile, the town is practicing social-distancing with the closures of main gathering hubs,” he said.

Lowe said closing Mallory Town Hall is in consideration, but a decision on that won’t be made until Monday.