As the Wayne County Public Health office released confirmation of the county’s seventh positive Covid-19 case on June 24 and the eighth positive case on June 27, we are reminded we must all do our parts to keep our numbers low and the spread of the virus down. The Wayne County Board of Health released this statement and guidelines to help us slow the spread.
As a public Board of Health, it is our duty to make recommendations that affect the health, safety and welfare of all of our citizens. Our decisions are not always popular, however they are formed using current data, recommendations from the State and Federal CDC’s, as well as an overall understanding of our local health care and social-economic structures. It is our current recommendations to please continue to be vigilant.
Practice every day preventative actions that includes restricting your travel, monitoring yourself for symptoms, wash your hands often, social distance, disinfect surfaces, wear appropriate face coverings when in public and stay home if you are sick.
You can ask yourself these questions to help determine your level of risk and things to consider before leaving your home: Is COVID-19 spreading in my community?
You can find out the latest COVID-19 information at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or by viewing the map of states with reported COVID-19 infections at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/cases-in-us.html#reporting-cases. You can also contact the Wayne County Public Health Office at (641) 872-1167.
Will my activity put me in close contact with others? Practice social distancing because COVID-19 spreads among people who are in close contact with others. Wear a cloth face covering when in public and particularly when it’s difficult to stay six-feet away from others consistently. Choose outdoor activities like parks and open-air facilities. Use visual reminders like signs, chair arrangements and markings on the floor or arrows to help remind you to keep your distance from others.
Am I at risk for severe illness? Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness form COVID-19 but everyone faces some risk of illness. Some people have no symptoms, others can have mild symptoms and some get severely ill.
Do I live with someone who is at risk for severe illness? If you live with older adults or someone with certain underlying medical conditions then you and all family members should take extra precautions to minimize risk.
Do I practice everyday preventive actions? Continue to protect yourself by practicing everyday preventive actions, monitor yourself for symptoms, wash your hands often, social distance, disinfect surfaces, wear cloth face covers and stay home if you are sick.
Will I have to share any items, equipment or tools with other people? Choose places where there is limited or no sharing of items and where any items that are shared are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between uses.
Does my activity require travel to another community? Before considering trips outside your community, take the time to consult CDC’s travel considerations located at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html. If using public transport, will you have to be in close contact with others? If so, follow CDC’s guidance at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/using-transportation.html on how to protect yourself when using transportation.
If I get sick with COVID-19, will I have to miss work or school? If you are sick with COVID-19, stay home. There are protocols that must be followed. Your local public health will share these with you as well as steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Items to have on hand include a cloth face covering, tissues and hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol if possible.
Individuals are reminded that once they have been tested for COVID-19 whether being symptomatic or asymptomatic, any close contact to a positive case it is strongly recommended to follow CDC guidelines. This means the individual tested and all household members will self-isolate in your home and/or outdoor space until the test results return.
It is strongly recommended you do not go out in public or be around others until a negative test result has been confirmed. This will help prevent and limit spread of the virus should the test be positive.