Corona-virus Risk Update
The latest media coverage has brought about many questions on how to be proactive and avoid the outbreak of the latest virus named “Coronavirus” or COVID-19 as it’s refered to by the World Health Organization (WHO). Taking precautions and avoiding the spread of this and any other virus is key to stopping the spread of illness. Travel restrictions are already in place for many suspected areas. Other suggested practices are outlined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on their website Preventing COVID-19 Spread for Home, Schools, Workplaces, Gatherings, Healthcare Facilities and First Responders. If you live in the Cronomer Valley Fire District, we want you to know all social gatherings have been cancelled at our station, but we will remain available for any fire service related emergencies and essential services. If Fire District residents are unable to pick up your groceries or prescriptions, we have limited resources to do that for you. Please submit your info through our website here. Click for contacting CVFD Many rumors are circulating concerning COVID-19, and many can be put aside by checking out FEMA Rumor Control page.
The WHO describes in detail what information they know about the flu-like virus on their website here. Should you be worried? The WHO answers: “If you are not in an area where COVID-19 is spreading, or if you have not traveled from one of those areas or have not been in close contact with someone who has and is feeling unwell, your chances of getting it are currently low. However, it’s understandable that you may feel stressed and anxious about the situation. It’s a good idea to get the facts to help you accurately determine your risks so that you can take reasonable precautions. Your healthcare provider, your national public health authority and your employer are all potential sources of accurate information on COVID-19 and whether it is in your area. It is important to be informed of the situation where you live and take appropriate measures to protect yourself.” Current information for Orange County is available here: Rep.Sean Patrick Maloney Updates for COVID-19 help, Orange Co Executive COVD-19 Support, Town of Newburgh updates, City of Newburgh Schools, Wallkill Central Schools
Follow the advise of your local Emergency Preparedness officials and healthcare facilities. Be in the know and don’t panic needlessly. Spread the word and help your friends and neighbors do the same. Remember the key to controlling this virus is distancing yourself from others, washing your hands frequently and not touching your face, disinfect areas that are touched by others such as door handles, bathrooms, and common eating areas. Look out for elderly neighbors and offer assistance in picking up groceries, prescriptions, meals, etc.. If you believe you have been exposed to someone who displays the symptoms or have the symptoms yourself, contact your medical physician or facility for guidance. Don’t just show up at a hospital!