Kalispell,
12
March
2020
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08:52 AM
America/Denver

COVID-19 health and safety practices

With more cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) being identified across the nation, it’s important to adopt healthy practices to help stop the spread of the virus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 is spreading from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes within six-feet of someone. It also may be possible to contract COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

Statistically, seniors 65 and older and immunocompromised individuals are the most vulnerable populations affected by this virus. As we continue to learn more about COVID-19, leading health officials still suggest taking simple protective measures at home, school, and work can help prevent the viral illness from spreading.

AT HOME

  • Practice good hygiene by washing hands regularly and avoiding touching your face.
  • Increase ventilation by opening the windows to increase air flow and/or change your air filters in your home.
  • Sanitize all doorknobs and surfaces, and change/wash your clothes frequently, especially if you are sick.
  • Give sick family/household members their own room/space if possible, and keep the door closed.

AT SCHOOL

  • Disinfect all surfaces, like doorknobs, tables, desks, and handrails multiple times a day.
  • Create habits: Send reminder emails or signs for students to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching their faces, and to cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Strengthen health screening for cafeteria or food service staff and their close contacts.
  • Emphasize that students should stay at home if they feel sick or even if a family/household member is sick.

AT WORK

  • Avoid or postpone all unnecessary in-person meetings, public gatherings, events, and travel.
  • Do not shake hands, use other non-contact methods of greeting.
  • Increase ventilation by opening the windows to increase air flow and/or change your air filters in your office.
  • Strengthen health screening for cafeteria or food service staff and their close contacts.
  • Emphasize that employees should stay at home if they feel sick or even if a family/household member is sick.

 

It’s important to keep our hospitals safe and available for those who truly need to be there. Use telehealth services through krhcareanywhere.org or call your doctor as virtual triage to help determine the severity of your condition.

Your health is our top priority. To keep our patients and staff safe, please review our visitor restrictions.