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Individuals Most at Risk

Seniors, older adults, and those with underlying health conditions may be at higher risk for adverse health complications if they contract this virus. Now that COVID-19 is present in our community, we recommend that seniors, older adults, and those with underlying health conditions minimize their contact with people in the community. 

Protect Our Community with Everyday Actions

  • Frequently and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Clean surfaces in your home, and personal items such as cell phones, using regular household products.

Protect Our Community with Physical Distance

  • Stay home if you’re sick. Ask family, friends, and service providers not to visit while they are sick.
  • Don’t shake hands. Instead, greet people by waving, or just saying hello.
  • Increase the distance between people to six feet to help reduce spread.
  • Postpone unnecessary travel. This includes trips to enjoy the outdoors. Be active outside near your home.
  • Stay home and avoid crowds. Avoid putting yourself in a situation—whatever that might be—that might increase the risk given your situation.
  • Stay connected with loved ones by phone and online. Reach out to people if you need something. Consider if there are ways to attend meetings by phone or online.

Help Friends and Loved Ones be Prepared

  • Have access to several weeks of medications, food, and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time.
    • Help at-risk or homebound friends, neighbors, and loved ones get medications, food, and supplies. Offer to pick items up and drop them off on their doorstep.
  • Make plans with your friends and loved ones about:
    • How to check in with each other
    • How others can pick up and deliver supplies for each other as needed
    • How others can be of assistance with medical equipment or other needs in an emergency