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Who is Most at Risk of Illness

Seniors, older adults, and those with underlying health conditions are 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.  

How can We Keep Our Community Safe

Protecting Yourself and Your Loved Ones From COVID-19...through 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.

...through physical distancing

  • Stay home, especially if you are sick.
  • Don’t shake hands. Instead, greet people by waving, or just saying hello.
  • Increase the physical distance between people to six feet to help reduce spread.
  • Encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to maintain physical distancing.
  • Postpone travel and stay home unless going out for essential tasks or business. 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.

...by being prepared

  • Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications, food, and supplies in case you need to stay home for prolonged periods of time.
    • Help those most at risk of severe illness with COVID-19 get any needed supplies and medications. Offer to make a trip out for them and leave the items on their doorstep.
  • Make a plan with your network about: 
    • how to check in with each other.
    • how others can deliver supplies so you can avoid crowds. 
    • how others can assist you with medical equipment or other needs in an emergency.

Interpersonal Violence

Not everyone has a safe home to shelter in during this outbreak. Domestic violence and child abuse may increase as individuals experience increased stress while survivors and their abusers are sheltered together for long periods of time. With more individuals out of work or working remotely and with children not able to attend school, these forms of violence have fewer opportunities to be noticed and addressed. It is particularly important during this time to check in on friends and neighbors. Many services are still open and available to help those who are affected by interpersonal violence.

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Community Concerns

If you see someone doing something concerning, such as congregating in groups closer than 6 feet apart, we encourage you to politely express your concerns to them. If you would like to inform us about these activities in case we may need to follow-up, please complete this form.