5:05 pm – March 13, 2020
We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak, and we have established a CHS Response Team. Our goal is to keep our staff and our CHS children and families safe, healthy, and informed. At this time, we have no indication of direct exposure to our CHS staff or families.
In an abundance of caution and as advised by public health authorities, we will be taking preventative measures. Please reach out to your local CHS contact with specific questions or concerns. You may also send questions and concerns directly to us via email: COVID19info@chsnc.org
We are monitoring the CDC site about the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will update this interim guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. We will also coordinate with state and local officials via www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus [ncdhhs.gov] for reliable, up-to-date information. Since the intensity of an outbreak may differ according to geographic location, local health officials will be issuing guidance specific to their communities.
As a preventative measure, we wanted to share the following with our families that are recommendations:
- For adults: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing, then wash your hands. Maintain at least six feet distance from anyone coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- For children: Let’s continue to empower kids—at home—by reinforcing daily, multiple “handwashing moments.” Please make sure kids wash their hands before eating, coming back indoors, and when they come in contact with their bodily fluids (sneeze, wipe nose, etc). You can also encourage your children to use the imaginary cape routine: Raise an imaginary cape over your face and cough into the elbow area, instead of your hand or just straight into the air.
If you or a member of your family becomes ill, please call your CHS contact to report this information. The health and safety of you and your family are our top priority.