Stay diligent, Sitka!

Stay diligent, Sitka! As we’ve learned, COVID-19 is highly infectious and fast-spreading. This graphic by Dr. Emily Smith shows how contagious you are compared to how sick you feel. As Dr. Zink recently stated, “You can spread the virus person to person before you feel ill and as a result it can be hard to know when to stay home. That’s why we ask people to mask and stay distanced to minimize the spread, even if you don’t feel sick.”

For your family, friends, and neighbors:

•Follow the 3 W’s (wear a mask, wash hands frequently and watch your space by maintaining at least 6 feet from non-household members)

•Avoid the 3 C’s (closed spaces, crowded places and close contact situations)

•Get tested if you have any symptoms, even mild symptoms. To schedule, call the SEARHC COVID-19 Hotline at 966-8799 (daily 8am to 5pm). After hours, call the Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-613-0560.

•If you test positive for COVID-19, isolate immediately, notify close contacts, seek care if needed, and if you receive a phone call from a contract tracer, please answer the call.

•If you are a close contact, quarantine immediately and for the full 14 days. Get tested around day 7 of your quarantine, even if you don’t have symptoms. If the test is negative, STAY in quarantine. If the test is positive, isolate for 10 days and notify your close contacts.

This won’t last forever and we know it’s difficult, but it will take all of us changing our behaviors to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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