Health Updates 4/6 – How to Protect Yourself & Others

As we enter our third week of COVID-19 operations at NCIA, no cases have been confirmed. While cases are on the rise throughout the state and the nation, we are preparing for everything possible.

If you are an Adult Services, Adult Residential, or CDP employee who has not yet received information on becoming a NCIA H.E.R.O. please contact scole@ncianet.org immediately.

Today, we are reminding you the most up to date protection practices as determined by the CDC. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

The FDA is aware that as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to expand globally, the supply chain for devices, masks, gloves, and other medical equipment will continue to be stressed.

Currently, demand is exceeding available supplies.

NCIA has taken the proper steps to order essential equipment and are expecting a large order to arrive this week. As soon as we receive this order, distributing items to our homes is first priority.

Everyone Should:

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
  • The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.

WATCH THIS VIDEO ON HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN FACE COVERING AT HOME USING THINGS LIKE A BANDANA OR T-SHIRT

Read More Details: Cloth Face Covers

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

If you or anyone in your home has any questions regarding NCIA Updates, COVID-19, or any resources please contact Stephen Cooke at scooke@ncianet.org or 443-802-4867.

We are here to help. Stay safe everyone!