Help Slow the Spread of the COVID-19
The World Health Organization has officially declared the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a global pandemic. Public health officials have urged people who are sick to follow steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their home and community.
People with suspected symptoms, which can include fever, cough, shortness of breath and sore throat, should restrict activities outside of the home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas and avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing and taxis. REMEMBER: IF YOU ARE DISPLAYING SYMPTOMS PLEASE CALL AHEAD BEFORE VISITING ANY MEDICAL FACILITY.
If you must leave the house, avoid close contact with other people. Keep at a distance of about 6 feet, if possible.
Designate a specific room in the house
People with symptoms should practice isolation from family and animals in the household to limit the risk of spreading the disease. This means having a designated room away from family members and to use a separate bathroom, if available.
Wear a face mask
If you must leave the house, a face mask can limit the spread of the disease to other people sharing a room or vehicle. Health care facilities will require a mask upon entry of the building. The mask is required to stay on during the entire visit, or you will be asked to leave. This is for the safety of the patients, medical care providers and community.
Cover coughs and sneezes
Always remember to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. Alternatively, you may clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95 percent alcohol covering all surfaces of your hands until dry. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
Do not share personal household items
Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After use of these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
Practice good hand hygiene
Now is an especially good time to remind people to clean your hands often. Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Disinfect high touch surfaces daily
Surfaces like counters, tabletops, doorknobs, toilets, phones, keyboards and tablets are all high traffic areas in use every day. It is important to clean each surface daily, especially any that may have blood, stool, or bodily fluids on them. Use a cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions.
Monitor your symptoms
Seek immediate medical attention if symptoms worsen. Call your health care provider before seeking care, and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. Wear a face mask at all times to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.
Follow instructions provided by local health departments.
Discontinuing home isolation
It is difficult to say when it is safe to discontinue home isolation, and this decision should be made on a case-by-case basis. Consult with your health care provider and state and local health departments before ending home isolation.
Tri-County Health Care encourages people with symptoms to contact our eClinic for 24/7 online appointments with trusted providers. In addition to providing free COVID-19 Screening, the eClinic helps patients skip the trip and allows providers to recommend treatment and prescribe medication online.