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By John Cornelison on 3/30/2020 1:29 PM
10 Things to Manage Your Health at Home

Poster: 10 ways to manage respiratory symptoms at homeEnglish pdf icon[1 page] | Spanishpdf icon | Chinesepdf icon | Vietnamesepdf icon | Koreanpdf icon10 things you can do to manage your health at homeIf you have possible or confirmed COVID-19:Stay home from work, school, and...
By John Cornelison on 3/24/2020 9:53 AM
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Sorry folks this was published last Saturday and only now is getting posted to this site. Next updates will happen on a timely basis!

Date: March 21, 2020

SUMMARY

Vashon Island’s volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has established the COVID Testing Steering Committee exploring options for testing island residents for COVID-19. Humans have no immunity and currently no medications are available. Vashon Island has no cases confirmed by Public Health – Seattle and King County (PHSKC).

Local physicians explore COVID testing for Vashon Island residents

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The Vashon Island’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) has established a COVID Testing Steering Committee. The committee...
By Vicky de Monterey Richoux on 3/17/2020 12:15 PM
Hello NERO leader,

Please share this update with your NERO group members. THANK YOU for all you do for your neighborhood!

I want to let you know that the Vashon Emergency Operations Center (EOC) team and VashonBePrepared are currently activated to support Vashon during the COVID-19 pandemic, under the direction of Incident Commander VIFR Chief Krimmert. 

Activities include: sharing reliable information with the community, supporting island medical providers, facilitating groups that are organizing to support the community, and looking for ways to help island businesses weather the economic impacts of the pandemic. 

Team members are also communicating to King County Emergency Management with daily situation reports, so the county can more accurately include Vashon’s needs when communicating with Washington state agencies. We are following all guidelines for safety, including holding our meetings via phone and video, not in person.



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By John Cornelison on 3/9/2020 11:04 AM
Recommendations for people at high risk for complications from COVID-19 (i.e. older than 60 years, have chronic medical conditions or weakened immune systems, or who are pregnant) and families who live with them: Make sure you have access to several weeks of medications and supplies. Create a household plan of action (see CDC’s home plan checklist). Avoid close contact with people who are sick.Avoid crowds and other congregate settings. Try to avoid being in large groups of people, especially in poorly ventilated spaces.Clean your hands often. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after...
By John Cornelison on 3/7/2020 8:24 AM
o Information on management of isolation in the community for patients who test positive for COVID-19: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/COVIDcasepositive.pdfo What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19):https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/COVIDexposed.pdfo For guidance on minimizing the spread of COVID-19 in food establishments, visit https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novelcoronavirus/food-establishments.aspxThe...
By John Cornelison on 3/5/2020 10:41 PM
March 5, 2020SummaryPublic Health has specific advice for people who have been confirmed with COVID-19, have been around someone with COVID-19, or are feeling unwell but haven’t been in close contact with someone with COVID-19. With respect to testing, Public Health – Seattle & King County does not typically conduct testing. Testing is typically conducted by taking a swab at a health care provider’s office.StoryIn King County, we currently have reported 51 confirmed cases of COVID-19. We are likely to see many more cases of COVID-19 in the coming days and weeks. Symptoms of COVID-19 typically include fever, cough or shortness of breath. Here is guidance on what to do:What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19Restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home. Do not go to work, school or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, taxis, or ride-share. Monitor your symptoms and call before visiting your doctor. If...
By John Cornelison on 3/4/2020 2:48 PM
4 March 2020SummaryLocal health officials announced new guidance to King County residents aimed at reducing their risk of exposure to COVID-19. While all residents can take steps now, people with underlying health conditions are urged to follow recommendations to avoid large gatherings of people.StoryLocal health officials announced today new recommendations to King County residents aimed at reducing their risk of exposure to COVID-19. We understand these actions will have a tremendous impact on the lives of people in our community. We are making these recommendations in consultation with CDC based on the best information we have currently to protect the public's health.This is a critical moment in the growing outbreak of COVID-19 in King County and these measures can potentially impact the spread of the disease.Public Health is recommending, but not requiring, the following steps:People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public...
By John Cornelison on 3/4/2020 11:56 AM
ingredients to make your own hand sanitizer:2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol 1/3 cup aloe vera gel5-10 drops of essential oil (optional)Mixing bowlSpoonFunnelTwo-ounce spray bottle or liquid soap containerMasking tape and pen or marker for labeling the container (or adhesive labels)

Directions: Pour the alcohol and aloe vera in a bowl and stir until blended. Add several drops of essential oil and stir to help mask the smell of alcohol. Use the funnel to pour the eight ounce mixture into containers, then affix the strips of marked masking tape (or adhesive labels) to identify the bottles' contents.

Just be sure to wind up with 60-70% alcohol in the final solution. Resulting sanitizers are effective for some weeks in a closed bottle.

Details at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hand-sanitizer-coronavirus-make-your-own/

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By John Cornelison on 3/2/2020 8:17 AM
imageAs COVID-19 begins spreading through Washington, be prepared for scams and misadvise to spread with it.



VashonBePrepared’s suggestion? Ensure you are tracking authoritative (i.e., scientific, balanced) sources of information.

imageWe have prepared a list of these sources on our new web page:

www.vashonbeprepared.org/covid-19



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Re: What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or are worried that you may have COVID-19
No on ventilators. They require a paramedic to insert the tubes and at that point should be off island in a proper care facility. Low flow oxygen is easily available, but those needing it only for COVID should also be in a proper care facility.
Re: What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or are worried that you may have COVID-19
The large national company, Lab Corp, announced that they can do testing as of last Friday. I believe they are used by both clinics on the island. Local clinicians just do a nasal swab as I understand it and then send those in for testing. The test kits reside at the laboratory.

In addition other test facilities exist, but are unlikely to be used directly by island providers. Contact their websites and offices before you go in with any respiratory issues. Their information is likely to change frequently until more is known about the virus.

I don't know about ventilators, but will ask. Thanks for your comment!
Re: What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 or are worried that you may have COVID-19
Will Vashon be getting testing kits soon in the hands of all doctors and first responders on island? Can the Gates Foundation help in this regard? Can we get the Neighborcare Clinic better prepared in this regard?

How many ventilators are on island? This is where critical shortages seem imminent.

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