COVID 19

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Seat pleasant: 1 Confirmed Cases, 1 Death(s)

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PROTECTING OUR COMMUNITY

Stay Informed. Get Notified

During times of uncertainty, Seat Pleasant: A Smart City of Excellence, is working diligently to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents and citizens. We have gathered important information from credible sources from the Federal Government, the State Government, Prince George’s County Government, The Centers for Disease Control, the National Institute of Health and other authorities. To learn more, please take the time to navigate our COVID-19 information page. 

Preparation

CREATE A HOUSEHOLD PLAN

Create a household plan of action in case of illness in the household or disruption of daily activities due to COVID-19 in the community.

  • Consider 2-week supply of prescription and over the counter medications, food and other essentials. Know how to get food delivered if possible.
  • Establish ways to communicate with others (e.g., family, friends, co-workers).
  • Establish plans to telework, what to do about childcare needs, how to adapt to cancellation of events.
CHILDCARE

Be prepared if your child’s school or childcare facility is temporarily dismissed

Learn about the emergency operations plan at your child’s school or childcare facility. During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, local public health officials may recommend temporary school dismissals to help slow the spread of illness. School authorities also may decide to dismiss a school if too many students or staff are absent. Understand the plan for continuing education and social services (such as student meal programs) during school dismissals. If your child attends a college or university, encourage them to learn about the school’s plan for a COVID-19 outbreak.

Plan for potential changes at your workplace

Learn about your employer’s emergency operations plan. Discuss sick-leave policies and telework options for workers who are sick or who need to stay home to care for sick household members. Learn how

CHANGES IN THE WORKPLACE

Learn about your employer’s emergency operations plan. Discuss sick-leave policies and telework options for workers who are sick or who need to stay home to care for sick household members. Learn how

OLDER ADULTS
Take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick:
If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take action to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.
  • Stock up on supplies.
  • Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
  • When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
  • During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
Have supplies on hand
  • Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.
  • If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications.
  • Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
  • Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.
Take everyday precautions

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Take everyday preventive actions:

  • Clean your hands often
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
  • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
  • Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships.

Prevention

KNOW HOW IT SPREADS

KNOW HOW IT SPREADS

Illustration: woman sneezing on man

 

  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

 TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF

Illustration: washing hands with soap and water

 

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home

 

Avoid close contact

PROTECT OTHERS

TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT OTHERS

man in bed

 

Stay home if you’re sick

woman covering their mouth when coughing

 

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
man wearing a mask

 

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
cleaning a counter

 

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Preservation

SYMPTOMS

Watch for symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
TESTING

If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or you are a resident in a community where there is an ongoing spread of COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home.

If you are at higher risk for serious illness

People at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider early, even if their illness is mild.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

If you are very sick get medical attention immediately

If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

For healthcare professionals

For information on testing for healthcare professionals, see recommendations for reporting, testing, and specimen collection at Interim Guidance for Healthcare Professionals.

FAQs FOR TRAVELING

Depending on your travel history, you will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice).

Countries that have a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (widespread, ongoing transmission):

  • China
  • Iran
  • South Korea
  • Europe (Schengen Area): Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City
  • United Kingdom and Ireland: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland
UNEMPLOYMENT

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) program pays benefits to workers who have lost their job through no fault of their own and meet the program’s eligibility requirements. If you have become unemployed, you may file a claim via the Internet or by telephone by using one of the telephone numbers listed here.

Utilize the listed (orange) links for additional information and resources. 

 

For additional information and resources, please visit the Maryland Department of Labor website here

MEALS FOR STUDENTS

maps

Worldwide cases

World-Wide COVID 19 Cases provided here. Scroll through the map displayed above and click on the RED circles on the desired location for detailed information.  Map courtesy of John Hopkins University. To access the full interactive JHU map and data, click here.

Projected Hospitalizations

Avoiding hospital overload heavily depends on population density and public cooperation. Best and worst case scenarios are shown below, and we’ll update our projections as soon as more data becomes available. Explore the map here.

HSR HEAlth

Seat Pleasant, a Smart City of Excellence, is collaborating with HSR.health, a Maryland-based and globally recognized innovative population health firm to develop and deploy smart city-based solutions to advance public health.

The image above showcases a health risk index that assesses vulnerability to COVID-19 by County in Maryland. Click HERE to access the full HSR.health and Seat Pleasant Solution and interactive map.

ESRI

You can find the collection of nine interactive maps by visiting the Hub and scrolling down, or through clicking the image above

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tele-health

Through our partnership with Eagle Force, we are developing an in-home health monitoring system to help those who are at higher risk for COVID 19. Register using the button below then download the app by scanning the QR code on the right to get started.

Maryland Businesses

As of March 23, 2020, Governor Hogan has ordered the closure of non-essential businesses. If you’re a business owner and are looking for more information, please refrence the image on the left or click on the button below for more information. 

mental health

At Seat Pleasant: A Smart City of Excellence, we believe that Social Distancing DOES NOT mean Social Isolation.

Stress and Coping

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

To learn more about managing stress and anxiety surrounding Covid 19, click here

DIGITAL HEALTH

Information about the latest COVID 19 phishing scams. Cyber-awareness reminders, information about your home networks and how to properly disinfect your devices during telework and self quarantine.

SECURE YOUR HOME NETWORK
  • Secure your wi-fi with a STRONG password
  • BACK UP your work
  • UPDATE/PATCH your software
  • If your work devices are connected to your home wi-fi network, make sure you are using WPA2 encrypted traffic (you can find this information on the back of your router).
  • Keep in mind that downloading malicious content can potentially infect your home network which can lead to MALWARE on your work device.  
 The Ultimate Guide to Secure Remote Work: https://andersontech.com/taking-work-home-secure/
DISINFECT YOUR DEVICES
  
Even if you disinfect your devices, still wash your hands! Here is a list of devices to consider:
  • Phone 
  • Smart Watch
  • Stylus
  • Keyboard (wired and wireless)
  • Laptop (Desktop)
  • Tablet
  • Headphones (wired and wireless)
  • Charger (Charging pad)
  • Speaker (wireless and voice-activated) 
  • Gaming System 
  • Remote Controller (gaming, TV, lights, etc.)
  • VR (Virtual Reality Glasses) 
  • Camera and equipment 
  • Microphone (wired and wireless)
How to properly clean your devices: 
COVID 19 FAQs

What are Coronaviruses?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are known to cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Severe Acute Respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). 

What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus that has not been previously identified in humans. The COVID-19 is the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, Hubei province, China.

What are the symptoms of this disease?

We are still learning more about the symptoms that this virus causes in infected people as the outbreak progresses. Symptoms associated with coronaviruses can vary:

  • Common coronaviruses can cause symptoms similar to a common cold, such as fever, cough, sore throat, and feeling unwell.
  • The symptoms that are currently being seen with the current coronavirus infection are fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough and shortness of breath.
  • The coronaviruses SARS and MERS cause more severe symptoms, such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath that progress to pneumonia, and can be fatal.

What are the symptoms and complications that COVID-19 can cause?

Current symptoms have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough and difficulty breathing.

How is coronavirus (COVID-19) transmitted, and when will someone get sick if they’re exposed?

  • Currently, it is thought that the coronavirus (COVID-19) virus spreads from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Based on what we know from other coronaviruses, we think that symptoms may appear anywhere from 2-14 days after someone was exposed.
  • When person-to-person spread occurred with other coronaviruses, such as MERS and SARS, it is thought to have happened via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person sneezed or coughed, similar to other respiratory viruses.

However, there are everyday actions to take to help prevent spread of illnesses like influenza:

  • It is also flu season, so getting the flu vaccine can help prevent illness
  • Wash hands, multiple times a day, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when feeling sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Should I wear a facemask to prevent COVID-19?

The use of a facemask is not recommended for people who do not have any symptoms. Facemasks should only be used if recommended by healthcare professionals. If you are a health worker or taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (e.g. at home), the use of a facemask is very important to protect others from the risk of getting infected.

How can I protect myself from COVID-19?

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. We recommend the following actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory disease:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Wash hands, multiple times a day, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Get the flu vaccine

What should I do if I have traveled to China, or know someone who has?

  • You may have been exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) if you travelled to certain areas of China.
  • Check for any symptoms that may be consistent with the coronavirus.
  • If you are not having symptoms, at this time it is thought that you are not at risk of being infected with coronavirus (COVID-19).

Can someone who has had COVID-19 spread the illness to others?

Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. DC Health recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.

What should I do if I have traveled to China and am feeling sick?

If you are feeling sick with the symptoms previously mentioned, and think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay at home. Contact your healthcare provider immediately to let them know you may have been exposed and need to be evaluated.

What if I am planning to travel to Wuhan, China?

CDC recommends avoiding non-essential travel to Hubei Province, China.

The most updated recommendations regarding travel to China can be found on the CDC’s Travelers’ Health webpage: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/china.

Am I at risk for COVID-19 from a package or products shipping from China?

Currently there is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with imported goods.

Should I re-consider international travel?

Please review the CDC website for the most updated information on travel health notices and other important information to consider.

How can people help stop stigma related to COVID-19?

Counter stigma by learning and sharing facts. Communicating the facts that viruses do not target specific racial or ethnic groups and how COVID-19 actually spreads can help stop stigma.

Stigma hurts everyone by creating more fear or anger towards ordinary people instead of the disease that is causing the problem.

What is DC Health’s response to this situation?

DC Health is monitoring the situation closely and participating in national calls with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are making sure the DC healthcare community has the most updated guidance by providing information via Health Notices and sharing how providers can reach the DC Health epidemiology team if there is a concern. While the CDC believes the risk to the American public remains low at this time, DC Health is sharing important prevention strategies with residents like good handwashing and staying home when sick.

Where can I learn more about COVID-19?

Partners

In the midst of the COVID 19 (Corona Virus) pandemic, Seat Pleasant: A Smart City of Excellence, has partnered with Innovative companies and organizations in Healthcare and Technology to combat the spread of the virus and ensure the safety of our residents. We’ve gathered information about our partners below as a resource for our community to utilize.

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