Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

What is the Coronavirus?

Normally, the Coronavirus typically causes the common cold or other mild respiratory viral illnesses, but this new strain can cause much more serious illness, even death, in some patients. Previous coronavirus strains include SARS and MERS that occurred in other areas of the world in recent years.

This new strain of Coronavirus, now named as COVID-19, is affecting multiple countries including the United States. Recently, there have been 3 confirmed cases in Ohio so it is a lot closer to home than we think. Below will be information in which you can help in reducing risk of exposure as well as spreading it if you suspect that you have COVID-19.

 

Symptoms

Please note that the vast majority of patients have mild/moderate symptoms and don’t require hospitalization. People at highest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 include those with pre-existing pulmonary disease, immune-compromised, infants and the elderly.

Here is a list of symptoms that pertain to COVID-19:

  • Fever greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Tiredness, body aches
  • Dry cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • If you’re seriously ill, seek medical attention from your health care provider or the Emergency Department

If you have flu-like symptoms, including fever or cough, and have an upcoming appointment, please call your provider to let them know. Please avoid visiting the hospitals or ambulatory locations if you have flu-like symptoms, including fever or cough.

If you suspect to have COVID-19 and aren’t sure symptoms typically appear 5 days after exposure. If you have not experienced any of the symptoms after suspecting to have COVID-19, please wait an additional 14 days as there is a possibility that you may be a carrier.

 

Prevention

Unless you have recently traveled to affected countries, or have been exposed to a person with confirmed COVID-19, there is no need to change any routine activities or behaviors related to the outbreak. The CDC states there is no need to wear a mask unless you need to avoid spreading your own respiratory illness to others, or are caring for someone with COVID-19.

 

Please leave masks for medical professional who need it while treating affected patients.

 

As a primary precaution please wash hands often and for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your face and make sure when coughing or sneezing to do so either with a tissue or in your elbow.

Below is a comprehensive graphic that has been shared by the Ohio Department of Health.

 

If you would like to see the full graphic you can click here.

 

What is 1st Choice Family Services’ Plan?

Here at 1st Choice Family Services, we are dedicated to taking care of our clients in the midst of COVID-19 outbreak in Ohio.

We have suspended all community outings for our clients until further notice as this will reduce the amount of person-to-person contact in large spaces. Along those lines, we have also switched to online conference meetings which will allow us to communicate remotely without the risk of spreading germs in the office.

We have made sure that our staff are healthy and are following the proper steps to prevent infection. These proper steps are also applied to the care of our clients. Our staff has revamped and improved cleaning routines in our clients homes to remove even more harmful viruses. We have made sure to stock food and water for the next two weeks along side an emergency care package.

If you have any questions regarding what we are doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 you can submit your questions here.

Here are the contents of the care package:

  • Hand Soap
  • Gloves
  • Masks
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • First-aid Kit
  • Thermometer

We hope that you stay healthy during these times and as always, have a great day!