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A COVID outbreak could last for several months depending on the severity of the outbreak.  In many parts of the country, fire department personnel, hospital staff and first responders are overwhelmed trying to help those impacted during this pandemic.  Your efforts at home to reduce the spread of this virus will ultimately help your community, state and our great nation.  One person can make a difference, one household at a time.   

Your health and safety is paramount to protecting those you love. Following these simple preventive measures can reduce the risk of an outbreak in your home. 

Home Action Plan

Talk with everyone who needs to be included in the plan.

Every member of your household should be involved in your prevention plan so they understand the importance of compliance as well as their role helping.  It is also important to help them understand that following these simple steps, while it may be inconvenient, will help keep your family safe.


Give special consideration to those who might be at greater risk.

According to the CDC, the elderly and those who have chronic medical conditions may be at risk for more serious complications. Protecting them from possible exposure could save their life.

 Follow these simple home based actions several times per day.

  • If you or someone in your household becomes sick, stay home except to get medical care.

  • Wear a protective face mask and latex gloves should you need to go to the grocery store.

  • Always cover your mouth with your sleeve or tissue when you cough or sneeze

  • Use the checklist below to clean frequently touched surfaces regularly throughout the day using an EPA rated disinfectant. If such a disinfectant isn’t available regular household soaps can be used.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for a least 20 seconds or one verse of happy birthday, especially before eating or after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.

  • Using a damp rag with disinfectant, wipe off all groceries before bringing them in the house.

  • Using a damp rag with disinfectant, wipe off all mail and parcel post packages before bringing them into the house. 

  • If a member of you household becomes sick, quarantine them to a separate room including a separate bathroom if available.

  • Provide a disposal facemask for your sick household member to wear at home

  • Clean the sick room and designated bathroom only as needed to avoid unnecessary contact with the sick person.

  • Avoid sharing personal items like food or drinks.

  • Stay in contact with others by phone or email

  • Take care of the emotional health of your family members

    • Outbreaks can be stressful for adults and children. When talking about the outbreak, try and stay calm and reassuring that you are taking measures to remain safe.

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Link to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention  CDC

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