2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Recommendations:
Homecare for Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) and Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
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These are recommendations for the following:
People with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection (including persons under investigation) who do not need to be hospitalized
People with confirmed COVID-19 infection who were hospitalized and determined to be medically stable to go home
Homecare Guidance for Patients
It is important for you to remain in isolation (stay away from others) until:
- You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without using a medicine that reduces fevers)
- other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
- At least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared
Healthcare workers may have to isolate for longer and should follow the guidance of the healthcare facility they work for.
Stay home, except to get medical care.
It is very important to stay home, except to get medical care. If you have a medical appointment, call ahead and let them know you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms, so the healthcare facility can provide further instruction. If advised to go to the facility in person, put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help to protect the healthcare provider’s office and keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
- Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
- Avoid using public transportation, rideshares, or taxis.
Monitor your symptoms
People with mild illness should be able to isolate and recover at home without seeing a healthcare provider. If your symptoms worsen or if you are in a higher risk group because you are older than 60 or have an underlying medical condition, call a healthcare provider for further instruction.
If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatcher you are isolating for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.
In the home
- Separate yourself from other people in your home
- As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home (at least 6 feet whenever possible). Use a separate bathroom, if available. You should not be responsible for caring for others.
- You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding or other personal items with other people in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and hot water.
- Have another member of your household care for your pets. If you must care for your pet, wash your hands before and after contact with them. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, we recommend that people with symptoms limit contact with animals until more information is known.
- Wear a facemask when possible, but especially when you are around other people (for example, sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you, or should wear a facemask if they are in the same room as you.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can and immediately clean your hands with either alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
- Clean your hands often. Wash thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Alternatively, if your hands are not visibly dirty, you can use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol, rubbing on all surfaces of the hands until dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Homecare guidance for caretakers and housemates of suspected/confirmed COVID-19 cases.
You have a heightened risk of becoming sick since you have shared the same living quarters with someone who may/does have COVID-19.
- Practice the same precautions as the person you live with by not going out in public places as much as possible. See Mesa County Public Health’s guidance regarding isolation, quarantine and social distancing to see what actions you should take to prevent spreading the illness to others.
- Practice heightened hygiene habits - wash your hands often, don’t touch your mouth, nose or eyes, and disinfect your frequently touched surfaces often.
- Generally, you should not stay in the same room as the person who may/does have COVID-19. Do not sleep in the same bed.
- Do not share items with them. Use your own toothpaste, drinking glasses and eating utensils. Use separate bathrooms if possible.
- If you are providing them a meal or medicine, consider leaving it outside of their door for them to pick up instead of handing it to them directly.
- If you order food for delivery, ask the delivery person to drop the food off at the door and pay with a card via phone or online, if possible.
- If the person under homecare has a medical emergency and you need to call 911, notify the dispatcher you and the patient are isolating for COVID-19. If symptomatic, put on facemasks before emergency medical services arrive.
- If you begin to show symptoms, especially if you are in a higher risk group (older than 60 or have an underlying medical condition), call a healthcare provider for further instruction.
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Adapted from: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment