The World Health Organization and the Department of Health and Health and Human Services Secretary have declared the Coronavirus a public health emergency. Federal Agencies such as the Center for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health have been actively disseminating information to the public and creating healthcare resource materials to the professionals in our Country.
Locally, our Bergen County Health Department has a webpage devoted to resources to help guide our local prevention and reporting responses.
As this is like a respiratory based illness in transmission and treatment, typical care guidelines should be utilized. The CDC has made the following recommendations which you as caregivers must comply with:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- 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.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- 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. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.”
If you, a patient under your care, a neighbor, a family member, or friend suspect you have symptoms of the Coronavirus, please immediately seek medical attention and contact our Director of Nursing, Vivian Ramberg, immediately at 201-444-5800. Go to your Doctor, Urgent Care, and/or ER. Your MD will determine the tests necessary to confirm a diagnosis based on your respiratory and other symptoms.