Covid-19 Updates for Clients & Families
At Outreach, we believe there is no greater importance than the health and safety of all our community. We are closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and are taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our team members and those in our care.
Stay Home Stay Safe (Shelter in Place) Orders provide an EXEMPTION for Outreach. Outreach is considered an Essential Healthcare Operation and will continue to provide superior service to our clients.
If you think you have been exposed to the virus and have respiratory symptoms, please call ahead before going into your doctor’s office or emergency clinic. This will allow them to take the necessary steps to protect you and those you may come in contact with. If you are a client of Outreach Health and have either been exposed to or have contracted coronavirus, please call your local office so we can best serve you safely.
The CDC has recommended wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?
People who are confirmed to have COVID-19 have exhibited mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, coughing and shortness of breath.
Who is at Higher Risk?
Older adults and those who have serious chronic medical conditions such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, heart failure, or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.
What should I do to protect myself?
The CDC has posted key recommendations for preventing the spread of all respiratory illnesses.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
- Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Remember – some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
- Stay home as much as possible.
- 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.
- Keep 6 feet between yourself and others.
- Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
What can I do to reduce stress?
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
- Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV)