Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Caregivers
During this time of heightened awareness about public health and reducing risk of exposure for ourselves and those we care for, it’s very important to gather updated information from trusted sources. We are committed to continuing to support caregivers through the evolving situation associated with the coronavirus.
Please if you have any questions, concerns or need support during this time, we are only a phone call away.
Here are some things to remember and highly suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications.
There is limited information about who may be at risk for severe complications from COVID-19 illness. From the data that is available for COVID-19 patients, and from data for related corona viruses such as SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, it is possible that older adults and persons who have underlying chronic medical conditions may be at risk for more serious complications. Early data suggest older people are more likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. If you or your household members are at increased risk for COVID-19 complications, please consult with your health care provider for more information about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. CDC will recommend actions to help keep people at high risk for complications healthy if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
Everyday preventive steps
Practice everyday preventive actions to help reduce your risk of getting sick and remind everyone in your home to do the same. These actions are especially important for older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions.
✔️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 and throw the tissue in the trash.
✔️Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
✔️If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
✔️Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles).
✔️Consider members of the household that may be at greater risk such as older adults and people with severe chronic illnesses.
✔️Choose a room in your house that can be used to separate sick household members from others.
(409) 550-2536: Hotline for residents of Jasper, Jefferson, Hardin, Newton, Orange and Tyler counties who have symptoms that could be coronavirus and want to be tested. The hotline is active Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In off hours, callers will be directed through an automated menu to their county’s health department.
211, option 6: For general coronavirus inquiries.