Public Notice – Guidance on the COVID 19 Virus




MARCH 13, 2020

According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are ways you can help mitigate the impact of a COVID-19 outbreak in our community.

Before a COVID-19 outbreak occurs: Plan

A COVID-19 outbreak could last for a long time in your community. Depending on the severity of the outbreak, public health officials may recommend community actions designed to help keep people healthy, reduce exposures to COVID-19, and slow the spread of the disease. Local public health officials may make recommendations appropriate to your local situation. Creating a household plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community. You should base the details of your household plan on the needs and daily routine of your household members.

Practice everyday preventive actions now. Remind everyone in your household of the importance of practicing everyday preventive actions that can help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.

Read more for the CDC on how to get your Household ready here.

Recommended strategies for employers to use now:

  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home:
  • Separate sick employees:
  • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees:
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning:
  • Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps:

Read more from the CDC about how to prepare your workplace here.

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