For Immediate Release
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Considerations for Living in Close Quarters During COVID-19
As we continue to focus on limiting travel, it is important to consider ways of protecting our families and our at-risk family members. The Public Health Command Center has assembled recommendations for those living in close quarters, such as people who share a small apartment, or for people who live in the same household with large or extended families. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says, “If your household includes one or more vulnerable individuals, then all family members should act as if they, themselves, are at higher risk.”
Limit Errands: leave only when absolutely necessary for food, medications, medical treatment, or employment.
If you leave:
- Choose 1 or 2 family members who are not at a higher risk
- Wear a face mask or cloth covering
- Don’t ride in a car with members of different households.
High-Risk individuals should avoid caring for children: Adults 65 years and older and people who have serious medical conditions should avoid caring for the children in their household, if possible. If people at higher risk must care for the children in their household, the children in their care should not have contact with individuals outside the household.
Separate a household member who is sick: If possible, provide a separate bedroom and bathroom for the sick person. If this is not possible, try to separate them from household members as much as possible. Additionally:
- If possible, have only one person in the household take care of the sick person.
- If you need to share a bedroom with someone who is sick, make sure there is good air flow.
- Shared bathrooms should be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
- If you are sick, do not help prepare food. Also, eat separately from the family.
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