COVID-19 UPDATES and LINKS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
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There is currently an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus called coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The virus was first detected in China and has now been detected across the globe, including in the United States. COVID-19 usually causes mild disease such as fever and cough, but can cause severe symptoms such as pneumonia and difficulty breathing. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6ft) or through respiratory droplets produced when someone coughs or sneezes.
Lake County Department of Health Services Public Information Line: (707) 263-8174 or email MHOAC@lakecountyca.gov
For questions related directly to the COVID-19 virus
Lake County Sheriff's Department Non-Emergency: (707) 263-2690
Lakeport Police Department Non-Emergency: (707) 263-2690
Lakeport Fire Protection District Non-Emergency: (707) 263-4296
Lakeport Public Works Department (Utility and infrastructure problems): (707) 263-3578
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Resources include infection maps, tips for protecting your family, symptoms, guidence for travelers, and more.
California Department of Public Health https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx
Lake County Department of Health http://health.co.lake.ca.us/Coronavirus.htm
The Lake County Department of Health Services (DHS) continues to work closely with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Public Information Line: (707) 263-8174
Small Business Administration (SBA): Federal Disaster Loans for Businesses, Private Nonprofits, Homeowners, and Renters https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela
About Disaster Loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low-interest, long-term disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners, and renters to repair or replace uninsured/underinsured disaster damaged property. SBA disaster loans offer an affordable way for individuals and businesses to recover from declared disasters.
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WHAT CAN I DO TO PREVENT BECOMING INFECTED?
Everyone can do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE MEASURES:
- Wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Stay home if you or household members are sick. If you feel ill but must go out in public, use a face mask to reduce the likelihood of viral transmission.
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as doorknobs, bannisters, and countertops. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
- Increase "social distancing," or remaining out of crowded, congregate settings where close contact with others may occur, such as shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums; avoiding mass gatherings; and maintaining distance (approximately six feet) from others, when possible.
- It’s important that people who are at higher risk of serious COVID-19 illness (older adults and those with compromised immune systems or serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease) take special precautions to reduce their risk of getting sick.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HIGH RISK POPULATIONS INCLUDE:
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick, and staying away from large gatherings and crowds.
- Staying home as much as possible. Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks.
SHOULD PEOPLE STOCK UP ON SUPPLIES?
Prepare, don’t panic.
The City understands that everyone is concerned - the situation we’re in is unprecedented.
In preparing households, people should take what they need. Overbuying creates a shortage for others.
Threat of local transmission of COVID-19 does not necessitate additional preparation beyond standard emergency preparedness. Households should always be prepared in the case of a natural disaster. Ready.gov has a list of recommended preparation steps, including:
- Store a two week supply of food, and other important items you rely on, including food for any pets you may have.
- Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
- Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
- Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.
WHAT ABOUT TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS?The current CDC guidance on whether it is safe to fly domestically is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-in-the-us.html.
WHAT DO I DO IF I THINK I’VE BEEN EXPOSED?/I WANT TO BE TESTED.
If you’ve recently been to an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 14 days:
Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever over 100.4F, coughing, or shortness of breath. If you develop any or some of these symptoms, call (don’t visit), your healthcare provider.
Your provider will determine whether or not you need to be tested for COVID-19. The provider may consult with the Health Department on whether to test. You should not call the Health Department directly to report symptoms or request testing.
You may be asked to self-quarantine. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. It lasts long enough to ensure the person has not contracted the disease. For COVID-19, quarantine usually lasts 14 days. You do not have to quarantine, unless directed to do so by your healthcare provider or another official.
Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation are different things.
Social distancing is a practice individuals can proactively do to prevent becoming infected from others in public who may be infected. Everyone should begin practicing social distancing.
Quarantine is used by public health professionals to separate potentially exposed individuals from the public, in the case that they become symptomatic and thus contagious to others. Quarantined people are asked to limit their contact with others for 14 days, and may be excluded from work or school. Quarantined people should notify their provider immediately if they begin experiencing symptoms. Should they begin exhibiting symptoms, they may be required to isolate.
Isolation means separating a person that is sick in order to prevent them spreading the virus to others. People may be asked to self-isolate at home while they are being tested, while they recover, or they may be isolated in a healthcare setting if they need medical support to recover.
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