COVID-19 Information and Resources:
It is imperative that we all recognize that COVID-19 is here, in our community, and circulating. Follow the parameters of the Governor’s Stay at Home Order, practice social distancing, isolate yourself for 14 days if you are sick – or have been exposed to a person who is sick, and wash your hands frequently.
- Why is testing not widespread? Lab confirmation on COVID-19 tests is taking approximately one week. Testing is not considered to be part of the solution in reducing the current spread of COVID-19. Practicing the recommended precautions will lead to reduced spread of the virus. Testing for COVID-19 is limited and thus reserved for those who are critically ill, as determined by their health care provider, and for health-care workers who have known exposure or symptoms.
When testing is performed, the tested individual receives education about self-isolating for themselves and self-quarantine for their non-symptomatic close contacts.
- What is the difference between Self-Isolation and Self-Quarantine?Self-Isolating: You are sick and have symptoms.Self-Quarantine: You are not sick and do not have symptoms.
- What happens when a positive case is confirmed? When a positive COVID-19 case is confirmed Lake County Public Health Agency takes the following steps:The person will be contacted and notified to determine next steps for them and their close contacts, (i.e. family members, significant others and housemates). If one of their contacts is symptomatic, they are considered a probable case and will not be tested. They will be asked to self-isolate for the appropriate amount of time. If they have no symptoms, they will be asked to self-quarantine for the appropriate amount of time.If the infected person is hospitalized at the time of confirmation they will remain under medical care in the hospital until their condition improves. If they are discharged they, and their close contacts, will be given self-isolation and self-quarantine instructions –related to their symptoms.
If isolation is causing hardship for the person in getting daily needs met, they can contact Lake County Human Services to learn about resources at 719-486-2088.If you have flu-like symptoms, call your medical provider. If you have an emergency, call 911.
Rocky Mountain Family Practice
St. Vincent Medical Clinic
St. Vincent Physical Therapy
St. Vincent Hospital 719-486-0230
The COVID-19 test price at St. Vincent Hospital is: $205.00
Coronavirus mask update:
Research shows that DIY masks can help block the spread of COVID-19, especially by preventing people who are asymptomatically infected from spreading the disease unknowingly. That’s why government officials—including Governor Jared Polis—are recommending their widespread use.
However, given the current mask shortages impacting medical professionals, it’s essential that the general public leaves the supply of N95 medical masks to healthcare workers.
Don’t have access to a mask? Face coverings can be made of things like old t-shirts, bandanas and sheets (from household items or made at home from common materials). After wearing the face covering or mask out in public, people should put them in a heated wash, before washing their hands and face.
Check out this link to learn more: www.coloradomaskproject.com
CDC face mask recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html
Protecting yourself from COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses
You can help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol (handwashing tips).
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Stay home when you are sick and keep your children at home when they are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.