COVID-19: Novel Coronavirus
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Knowledge is power. Choose not to panic. Choose instead to inform yourself about COVID-19, commonly known as the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.
COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
COVID-19 Important Announcements
April 14, 2020
Emergency Order from County Manager Joshua Potosek
This afternoon, an emergency order was issued by County Manager Joshua Potosek and approved by the NYS Department of Health, to assist the Department of Public Health Services with reinforcing the importance of Isolation & Quarantine orders to help reduce community transmission of COVID-19.
Any Sullivan County resident that has been issued an Isolation or Quarantine order by Public Health Services has either has:
1) been placed on isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test, or
2) placed on quarantine if they have been determined to be a close contact (exposed) to someone who has tested positive
Given the increasing number of positive cases in Sullivan County (425- see dashboard) and the increasing number of community residents on quarantine, it is imperative that we help spread the word that anyone who is on quarantine remain AT HOME if they are under an official quarantine order until they are notified by Public Health Services that their quarantine period is over.
Under no circumstances, if someone is under an isolation or quarantine order should they leave their home, even to run essential errands. Arrangements should be made for someone to pick up or drop off supplies, food, medicine, etc. even if they are still working from home.
The only exception to this guidance may be in special circumstances for health care workers or essentials workers who are asymptomatic and have been given permission to work by Public Health Services with a face mask as long as they remain symptom-free. Daily monitoring of symptoms is required.
Employers of essential workers are required to provide face masks to their employees.
Staff or students who need to pick up supplies or run errands in the community are strongly urged to wear cloth face masks while doing so.
Cloth face masks are easily made at home https://www.cdc.gov/ coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent- getting-sick/diy-cloth-face- coverings.html. N95 and surgical masks should be reserved for health care workers, and are in short supply.
If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 utilize the resources below.
- NYSDOH COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
- COVID-19 Emotional Support Help Line: 1-844-863-9314, 81m-10pm, 7 days/wk
- The Sullivan County Emergency Community Assistance Center can help those who need assistance by calling 807-0925.
- https://coronavirus.health.ny. gov/home
Please Do Your Part in Helping Level the Curve.
There are a number of steps that students, staff and community members can take to minimize the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, according to the state Department of Health:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Heavily soiled hands should be washed.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
How is the virus spread?
Health experts are still learning the details. Currently, it is thought to spread:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
What are the common symptoms of COVID-19?
People who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have experienced mild to severe respiratory illness. Most of the illnesses around the world are mild, with fever and cough. A much smaller percentage of cases are severe and involve pneumonia, particularly in elderly people and people with underlying medical conditions.The following commonly reported symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Difficulty breathing
Based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Key Terms to Understand
• Coronavirus: A large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals.
• COVID-19: Abbreviation for the coronavirus disease 2019, a disease caused be a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans.
• Social Distancing: Measures intended to limit the movement of people in order to interrupt the transmission of infectious, contagious diseases. • Isolation – Separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
• Quarantine: Separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
• Community Spread: When people have been infected with the virus in an area and some are not sure how or where they became infected.
• Epidemic: Affecting or tending to affect a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community or region at the same time.
• Pandemic: Occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting an exceptionally high proportion of the population.
• Presumptive Positive: Individuals with at least one respiratory specimen that tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 at a state or local laboratory
Sources: U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Merriam-Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary
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