What do I need to know to keep myself and my family safe?
Download these helpful guidelines to share with your family. ()
The most important steps to take are:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds or with sanitizer until it dries on your hands.
- Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes.
- Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones).
- Obey state and local stay-at-home orders. Stay home as much as possible—avoid all non-essential travel. Consider using takeout food and grocery delivery or curbside pick up services. (Check your preferred vendors' websites for COVID-19 options.) If you do go out for essentials, keep six feet between you and others.
- The CDC also recommends you wear a cloth face mask when you go out.
Make a homemade fabric mask: click here for instructions (Advanced sewers: get pattern with filter insert)
- Stay home if you’re feeling ill.
What if you’re sick and not being tested?
- Keep in mind this is a very busy season for cold and flu viruses and they are more likely to be causing your illness than COVID-19 at this time.
- If you are not too ill, stay at home, stay hydrated, rest, and use over-the-counter medications to help yourself feel better. Most respiratory illnesses at this time of year are viral, and you do not need to see your doctor for these problems as there is not specific treatment.
- Stay home from work for 7 days or 72 hours symptom free.
- If you feel you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are concerned because you feel very sick, call your provider for help on what to do and where to go if testing is appropriate.
If you need a note for work, please print and present the following letter to your employer.