Dear Johnson County community members,
COVID-19 continues to spread and is a threat to the health of all of us, regardless of age or health condition. In response to this threat, JCCHS has issued a public health emergency order for everyone in Johnson County.
The virus spreads when someone who is infected coughs or sneezes. This spreads respiratory droplets with others who are in close contact. We can reduce the number of people who become sick by limiting the amount of physical contact. As the health care system works hard to limit the spread of COVID-19, everyday life challenges still happen. They still work to provide care for heart attacks, stroke and many other life-threatening conditions. By practicing social distancing, you can help prevent our health care system and workers from being overwhelmed and help save lives.
What should I ALWAYS do?
• Keep physical distance between yourself and others, about six feet
• Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
• Stay home and away from others when you’re sick, cough or sneeze into you’re your elbow or always cover sneezes and coughs with a tissue that is promptly thrown away
• Stay calm and follow trustworthy local officials for updates and guidance
How can I help?
We encourage you to use these unprecedented times to look after yourself and your community in ways you may not normally.
- Pay attention to your physical health and call your doctor if you don’t feel well.
- Check on your elderly family members and neighbors.
- Take extra steps to care for your mental health like going on walks outdoors or arranging daily video calls with friends and family.
- Find creative and generous ways to support others in need who may need help financially, emotionally or in other ways.
We know many of you still have questions about how these orders apply to your own life. JCCHS will try to provide more information and answers to your questions. Remember the main goal of the stay-at-home order is to protect the people in our communities, keeping our first responders, hospitals, medical staff, and entire health care system from being overwhelmed. Following these orders over the next few weeks will have an impact on everyone in our community. Doing your part now will save lives later.
Thank you for playing your part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Johnson County!