Courtesy of the Monroe County Department of Health, we’re sharing some of the key guidelines and recommendations for the community to help “flatten the curve” and get through the Covid-19 pandemic:
“Do your part”
- It’s up to all of us to help protect our families, friends and neighbors.
- It’s not easy, but staying home is the most important way you can do your part.
- If you have to go out, do your part by staying six feet away from others.
- Staying home is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family.
- Staying home means you’re helping stop the spread.
- Staying home means you could help save lives.
- The only reason to not stay home is going out for groceries, medicine or other essentials, work at an essential job, volunteering with a nonprofit, or to see a doctor. That’s it. And always stay 6 feet apart.
- Having friends and family over is not OK right now – you could spread the virus to people you care about.
- Staying home and staying away from others is essential if you are sick – even if you don’t think it is COVID-19.
- So please, stay home unless you absolutely can’t.
“Stay six feet apart”
- If you have to leave your home, make sure you stay six feet away from others.
- Assume everyone has the virus, even if they don’t seem sick, and stay six feet away to avoid catching it.
- If you’re not sure how far six feet is, imagine two arm’s lengths, or about the length of a full-size bed.
There are many questions about COVID-19. Below are some of the most common, along with answers that have been vetted by public health officials.
What does social distancing mean?
Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid spreading illness. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.
Can I visit my relatives or friends?
Do not visit loved ones in person. Use the phone or other electronic devices. Deliver food or other essential items to the doorstep.
How can I keep safe when I need to go out for essential items like food?
• Make as few trips as possible.
• Shop and return home as quickly as possible.
• Make a list in advance.
• Consider using delivery services or the self-checkout lane.
• Wipe down the shopping cart, touch screens and touch pads before and after use.
What if we are outside?
• Avoid close contact with people, even when outside.
• Keep at least 6 feet apart to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
• Avoid games and activities that require close contact.
• Avoid frequently touched surfaces and objects. This includes playground equipment like slides and swings.
• Do not share equipment such as bicycles, helmets, balls or frisbees.
• Do not gather in groups.
• When you return indoors, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.