Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus strain that began spreading in December. Moraine Park is following Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and guidelines to guide decision-making. As new information continues to emerge at a rapid pace, Moraine Park’s leadership and response teams continue to monitor, respond and plan.
According to the CDC, coronavirus symptoms include: fever, cough and shortness of breath. There is currently not a vaccine to prevent coronavirus (COVID-19), but the CDC suggests the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed and recommends the following preventative actions:
- Stay home if you are ill and/or experiencing flu-like symptoms.
- 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 percent alcohol.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
- Avoid close contact with others, especially people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- 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.