In order to be part of efforts to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, Healthy Communities is making several temporary changes, including:
Boxes of food will be provided to our Yerington, Dayton, and Silver Stage food pantry clients in their vehicles. Pantries are operating but have switched to pickup only to minimize risk to clients, staff and volunteers. For more details about each pantry location and hours, see https://healthycomm.org/food-hub/food-pantries/
Postponement of our yoga and diabetes management classes and senior exercise programs.
Postponement of in-person presentations and events with our youth-led Stand Tall teams.
Our office staff continues to work on grants and funding for the community. During business hours, contact staff at our main number at 246-7550.
Why are people practicing distancing? In an outbreak, counter measures like physical distancing are important. The goal is to flatten the curve, or to lower the rate of infection. This way the number of people who are sick at the same time doesn’t overburden the capacity of the health care system. We’re going to get through this – together we can #FlattenTheCurve. Below are some additional guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Wash your hands often and vigorously 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. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you 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.
Check the CDC website often for additional recommendations, tips, and resources https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
For updates in Nevada, please visit the Nevada Health Response website https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/ or for our quad county area in Lyon, Carson City, Douglas, and Storey, see https://gethealthycarsoncity.org/novel-coronavirus-2019/
If you think you or a loved one may have coronavirus, contact your primary health care provider.
For questions about the virus, call Carson City Health and Human Service’s hotline at 775-283-4789.
As new developments occur with Healthy Communities’ programs and initiatives, we will post updates. Please take care of yourself and stay home as much as possible – #StayHomeForNevada. But stay connected – social distancing means physical distancing, not emotional isolation. Check on your neighbors, friends and relatives through texting, calling, social media and email.
Your Healthy Communities Coalition staff