Health care facilities in Greene County will be restricting visitors because of concerns about a potential coronavirus outbreak.
There were no cases of COVID-19 in Greene County as of Monday morning, but hospitals and long-term care centers will be banning children 12 years of age or younger that are not seeking treatment until further notice. The restrictions are similar to restrictions put in place during a high number of flu cases.
In addition to the prohibition on children, anyone outside that age group who are feeling sick and are not seeking care should avoid health care facilities. Anyone sick is encouraged to use telemedicine or virtual care options to avoid health care centers.
The health department is reminding the public of actions they can take to avoid not only coronavirus but also flu and other respiratory illnesses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
More information is available on COVID-19 on the Springfield Greene County Health Department website.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, over 550 COVID-19 have been confirmed in the United States, compared to an estimated 29 million Americans who have contracted the flu.