Protecting you and your family during a Covid-19 outbreak
While the Covid-19 pandemic continues to threaten individuals throughout the world, the USA, and the state of Utah, here are a few hints that might help protect you and your family from this virus.
As a family, you can plan and make decisions now that will protect you and your family during a COVID-19 outbreak.
Stay informed and in touch
• Get up-to-date information about local COVID-19 activity from public health officials
• Ask your neighbors what their plan includes.
• Create a list of local organizations you and your household can contact in case you need access to information, healthcare services, support, and resources.
• Create an emergency contact list including family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, healthcare providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.
Prepare for possible illness
•Consider members of the household that may be at greater risk such as older adults and people with severe chronic illnesses.
• Choose a room in your house that can be used to separate sick household members from others.
Take everyday preventive
• Wash your hands frequently
• 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
• Be prepared if your child’s school or childcare facility is temporarily dismissed or for potential changes at your workplace.
Related: How to Protect
Watch for symptoms
• Stay home and speak to your healthcare provider if you develop any of these symptoms:
oShortness of breath
• If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately
• Emergency warning signs include*:
oPersistent pain or pressure in the chest
oNew confusion or inability to arouse
oBluish lips or face
*This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
• Keep away from others who are sick
• Limit close contact with others as much as possible (about 6 feet)
If someone in your home is sick
• Continue to practice everyday preventive actions
• Keep the ill person in a separate room from others in the household
• If caring for a sick household member, follow recommended precautions and monitor your own health
• Keep surfaces disinfected
• Avoid sharing personal items
• If you become sick, stay in contact with others by phone or email
• Stay informed about the local outbreak situation
• Notify your work if your schedule needs to change
• Take care of the emotional health of your household members, including yourself
Those at higher risk of severe illness
Take additional precautions for those at higher risk, particularly older adults and those who have severe underlying health conditions.
• Consider staying at home and away from crowds
• Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies in case you need to stay home
• When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick and limit close contact with others
• Practice good hand hygiene
• Notify your child’s school if your child becomes sick with COVID-19
• Keep track of school dismissals in your community
• Discourage children and teens from gathering in other public places
Blue Mountain Hospital and Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. are dedicated to serving and protecting our patients and the communities we serve as a whole. By following these guidelines and other public health information that is available, we can all get through this challenging time safely and in the best possible health.
We ask your patience if you have to visit Blue Mountain Hospital, or one of the UNHS clinics, and adhere to the requirements that have been established for patient screening and visits. Our goal is to ensure the safety of our staff and our patients, and limit contamination inside the hospital and our clinics as much as possible. We thank you all for your cooperation and support as we strive to provide the best possible health care, while navigating through this Covid-19 pandemic. Remember, we are all in this together.