2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Recommendations:
For up to date information on COVID-19 visit health.mesacounty.us
Latest Update March 26, 2020
Effective Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 6 a.m. Colorado is officially under a stay at home order. Information and guidance will be updated as information is available. For the full order click here.
March 16, 2020
What is Novel Coronavirus?
A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include; fever, cough, and shortness of breath. The incubation period ranges from 2-14 days. There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person; between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Older Adults (60+ years old) are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19.
Here are some actions you can take to reduce your risk of getting sick:
Stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed
- Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks
- Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc. if you become sick.
- Consult with your health care provider for more information via phone about monitoring your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19.
Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others
- When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
- Avoid crowds as much as possible.
- Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
Stock up on supplies
- Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.
- If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications.
- Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies(tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
- Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.
Determine who can care for you if your caregiver gets sick -
Family and Caregivers can take these actions
- Know what medications your loved one is taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.
- Monitor food and other medical supplies (oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care) needed and create a back-up plan.
- Stock up on non-perishable food to have on hand in your home to minimize trips to stores.
- If you care for a loved one living in a care facility, monitor the situation, ask about the health of the other residents frequently and know the protocol if there is an outbreak.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- Increase deep cleaning to at least 2 times per week and disinfect frequently touched objects - this includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- For a list of recommended products visit: https://www.americanchemistry.com/Novel-Coronavirus-Fighting-Products-List.pdf
Obtain Accurate Information
In rapidly changing health events and outbreaks such as COVID-19, there can be large amounts of incorrect or partially correct information that can add to stress and confusion. Providing current, accurate, and frequent updates can help reduce stress and fear.
Get the most up-to-date and accurate information from:
Adapted from: Centers for Disease Prevention, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, World Health Organization, Colorado Department of Human Services.