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Greetings Mountain View & Independence Valley Families

During this challenging and uncertain time, I wanted to let you know I am thinking of you and your children.  If you need assistance please let me know. It can be hard to know where to find accurate information.  Credible sources like the Center for Disease Control provide the best guide to stop the spread of COVID-19.

How to protect yourself and others:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

  • Shopping - limit trips to the grocery or hardware store. Don’t take the entire family. Only one person from the family should shop if possible. Wash fruits and vegetables. If possible wipe down groceries or toss out the item that can’t be cleaned ex. cardboard box
  • Banking - Online if possible, use the drive-thru or ATM. Keep disinfecting wipes in your car to clean the keypads.
  • Getting Gas - Use disinfecting wipes to clean the pump handle and the key pad or use hand sanitizer after pumping gas.
  • Healthcare - Call your doctor first before going to the office. Use telehealth if possible. Use 911 or the ER for an emergency.Make sure to let them know if you have flu-like symptoms.
  • Pharmacy - Limit the number of medication pick-ups & use mail-order if possible 
  • Disinfect- Wipe down commonly used objects such as door handles, computers, phones, keys, steering wheel, counters, light switches, and faucets/sinks. 

 

CDC is now recommending wearing cloth face coverings when in public:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions.pdf

****CDC doesn’t recommend medical masks for public use 

Cloth face coverings should NOT be put on babies or children younger than 2 because of the danger of suffocation. Children younger than 2 years of age are listed as an exception as well as anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance.

 

Tips for talking to kids about COVID – 19:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html

Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online.  Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19.  Too much information is overwhelming and can create anxiety. Provide information that is honest, accurate, and age appropriate.  


Make handwashing a family activity:

https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/handwashing-family.html

Hand hygiene is the best practice to avoid the spread of germs.  Gloves can transfer germs if not removed properly or discarded after each use to complete a task.


CDC Symptom checker:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fsymptoms.html


What to do if you or someone in your family is sick:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html


Elko County COVID-19 Hotline number:

You can call, text or email 

1-775-777-2507    COVID19@elkocountynv.net

 

If you are feeling overwhelmed with worry and anxiety, these resources may help:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Text "TBH" to 741741 for free, 24/7 confidential crisis support

 

I look forward to the day when I can see you and your children face-to-face again at school.  Take care, stay healthy and safe.

Sincerely,                                                        

Laila Kazemi, School Nurse, RN, MSN, MA
LKazemi@ecsdnv.net
(775) 738-1844 (ext. 1103)

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