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Coronavirus is in the Community: Now what?

Mar 11, 2020, 12:07 PM
COVID-19 cases have been identified in the local community, what you should do now.

Now that COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) cases have been identified in the local community, many people feel a heightened sense of concern. However, local cases should still serve as a reminder to remain focused on proper hygiene and begin to consider additional steps we can all take to remain healthy.

The Washington State Department of Health and CDC offer the following recommendations when Coronavirus is identified within a community:

Woman cleaning door handle

Maintain Good Hygiene

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and dispose of the tissue immediately after use.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid sharing personal items and clean frequently touched surfaces such as light switches, door handles, shared computers, phones and remotes.
  • Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose and mouth).

Make a Plan

  • Think about the needs of your household members, relatives and friends. Make an emergency plan. Visit Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities Resources for Households for more detailed information.
  • If Coronavirus begins spreading in your area, health officials might recommend school closures, event cancellations or encourage people to work remotely to slow the spread of the virus. Make plans for alternative arrangements for your family in the event of a school closure.
  • Ask your employer about sick leave policies and telework options in case you need to stay home to care for a child or other household member.

Gather Emergency Contacts and Supplies

  • Make a list of all your emergency contacts. Your list could include family members, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, health care providers, teachers, employers, local public health department and community resources.
  • Gather extra supplies to support proper hygiene, including ample soap, tissues and alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol). If you or a member of your household has a chronic medical condition and regularly takes prescription drugs, talk to your health provider, pharmacist and insurance provider about keeping an emergency supply of medications at home. Stay informed about local COVID-19 activity through the Department of Health website: doh.wa.gov/coronavirus and be aware of any signs that people in your community are getting sick.

When Someone You Know is Sick

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home unless you are seeking medical care. When visiting your healthcare provider, wear a facemask and keep your distance from others to help prevent them from becoming ill.
  • Watch your children for symptoms of Coronavirus, which include cough, fever and shortness of breath. Do not send them to school or daycare when sick. Notify your children’s child care facility or school if they are sick and get any school work to do from home.
  • If someone in your house is ill, stay home to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus to others. Set up a separate room for sick family members. Clean the room regularly and wash hands frequently. Wear a mask when caring for your ill family member/ person who is ill in your home.
  • Check in with family and friends who live alone — especially those with chronic diseases. If you live alone, ask friends or family members to check in with you if you become sick.

What Not to Do

  • Do not attend large events, such as sporting events, conferences or other community events if you are sick or if someone in your home is sick.
  • Discourage your children from attending large gatherings after school. If any children show symptoms of novel Coronavirus, separate them from others immediately.

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Coronavirus is in the Community: Now what?

Mar 11, 2020, 12:07 PM
COVID-19 cases have been identified in the local community, what you should do now.

Now that COVID-19 (novel Coronavirus) cases have been identified in the local community, many people feel a heightened sense of concern. However, local cases should still serve as a reminder to remain focused on proper hygiene and begin to consider additional steps we can all take to remain healthy.

The Washington State Department of Health and CDC offer the following recommendations when Coronavirus is identified within a community:

Woman cleaning door handle

Maintain Good Hygiene

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and dispose of the tissue immediately after use.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid sharing personal items and clean frequently touched surfaces such as light switches, door handles, shared computers, phones and remotes.
  • Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose and mouth).

Make a Plan

  • Think about the needs of your household members, relatives and friends. Make an emergency plan. Visit Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities Resources for Households for more detailed information.
  • If Coronavirus begins spreading in your area, health officials might recommend school closures, event cancellations or encourage people to work remotely to slow the spread of the virus. Make plans for alternative arrangements for your family in the event of a school closure.
  • Ask your employer about sick leave policies and telework options in case you need to stay home to care for a child or other household member.

Gather Emergency Contacts and Supplies

  • Make a list of all your emergency contacts. Your list could include family members, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, health care providers, teachers, employers, local public health department and community resources.
  • Gather extra supplies to support proper hygiene, including ample soap, tissues and alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol). If you or a member of your household has a chronic medical condition and regularly takes prescription drugs, talk to your health provider, pharmacist and insurance provider about keeping an emergency supply of medications at home. Stay informed about local COVID-19 activity through the Department of Health website: doh.wa.gov/coronavirus and be aware of any signs that people in your community are getting sick.

When Someone You Know is Sick

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home unless you are seeking medical care. When visiting your healthcare provider, wear a facemask and keep your distance from others to help prevent them from becoming ill.
  • Watch your children for symptoms of Coronavirus, which include cough, fever and shortness of breath. Do not send them to school or daycare when sick. Notify your children’s child care facility or school if they are sick and get any school work to do from home.
  • If someone in your house is ill, stay home to avoid unknowingly spreading the virus to others. Set up a separate room for sick family members. Clean the room regularly and wash hands frequently. Wear a mask when caring for your ill family member/ person who is ill in your home.
  • Check in with family and friends who live alone — especially those with chronic diseases. If you live alone, ask friends or family members to check in with you if you become sick.

What Not to Do

  • Do not attend large events, such as sporting events, conferences or other community events if you are sick or if someone in your home is sick.
  • Discourage your children from attending large gatherings after school. If any children show symptoms of novel Coronavirus, separate them from others immediately.