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We understand that the news about COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus) may be creating concern and worry for some people.
We wanted to let you know that we are continuing to monitor the outbreak closely and are in close and regular contact with the Carbon Valley Emergency Management Agency and the Weld County Health Department. We are continuing to closely monitor the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and CDC. We have plans, partnerships, and resources in place to support the community. We are working in close coordination with our regional public health partners, hospitals, school districts, and the first responder and health care communities.
We, as individuals and families, should prepare and practice now. Getting ready for a widespread disease is mostly about preparing for possible shortages.
Here are some things you can do:
• Try to get an extra months’ worth of prescription medications, if possible, in case there are supply chain disruptions.
• Slowly start to stock up on enough non-perishable food to last your household through two weeks of staying at home if there is a wave of transmission in the community.
• Think about how you will continue to work if your child’s school is closed.
• Understand that large gatherings you plan to attend may be cancelled.
• Think through how you will take care of sick family members while trying not to get infected.
• Make plans for childcare if you become sick, or when your child is sick.
• Start practicing not touching your face now. This can greatly reduce the frequency of potential spread. (You can even try a buddy system, where you and a friend remind each other when someone scratches their eyelid or rubs their nose.) Replace handshakes with elbow-bumps.
• Start building healthy habits like pushing elevator buttons with a knuckle instead of a fingertip.
• Avoid sharing e-cigarettes, drinks, etc.
• Increase regular cleaning of commonly touched surfaces (e.g. doorknobs, faucet handles, toilet handles etc.).
And of course, continue to practice everyday wellness steps:
• Clean your hands frequently with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.
• Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
• Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
• Stay home if you are sick.
• Get an annual flu vaccine if you have not had one.
Learn more about the COVID-19 at:
• Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment
• Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
• Centers for Disease Control
• World Health Organization
• Call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English and Spanish
This is a time for all communities, families, and individuals to focus on preparing. We must work together to protect those in our community who are most at risk of severe disease, particularly the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.
Thank you for helping to keep yourself and our community healthy and well!