Since news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak became known in January, like other healthcare providers, we began monitoring this situation and educating ourselves about this new virus. We feel it is important to share reliable information with our community about this global public health challenge.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it can spread between people who are in close contact (within 6 feet) with a person with the virus and through inhaling respiratory droplets from the coughs and sneezes of an infected person. How easily the virus spreads from person-to-person varies.
Symptoms of the infection include fever, coughing and shortness of breath. At this time, there is no vaccine. The best way to protect ourselves from infection is the everyday practice of simple hygiene steps. The following actions prevent the spread of germs like respiratory viruses.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Face mask information
The CDC recently recommended wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain such as grocery stores, public transportation and pharmacies. The face coverings should:
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or changing shape
Protecting our residents
As of March 12, the COVID-19 outbreak has been declared a pandemic. In the interest of our residents’ well-being and safety, we have suspended visits. We encourage loved ones to communicate with residents via telephone or to keep in touch by sending an e-Card.
As the battle against COVID-19 continues, we ask for your patience as we work to provide a safe environment for our residents and staff. Our thoughts are with the many people across the nation who have been sickened by this outbreak and those that care for them.
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