PREVENTION OF SPREAD OF COVID-19 (both contracting and transmitting) is a responsibility for everyone, no matter what age, no matter what circumstance. The CDC notes that Community Spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area (in our instance, the Upper Valley) and are not sure how or where they became infected. For example, people become infected even though they have not visited a high-risk area, nor have they been in close contact with someone who has tested positive.
FACT: The virus is spreading more easily than originally thought. It is moving person-to-person when no symptoms are present. Communities across the nation are taking drastic measures to STOP THE SPREAD. We are asking all members of our community to self-police and abide by the rules for SOCIAL DISTANCING. Do not gather in groups larger than 10, and do not stay in close contact with another (keep 6 feet in between).
WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER -reacting to an ever-evolving set of circumstances that is learn-as-you-go. It is confusing and frustrating and can be scary and overwhelming. The continuous outpouring of information is difficult to navigate. Our abilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 depends somewhat on our acceptance and willingness to change our normal routines. Social distancing will not be easy for any of us, but is a necessity at this time, as is
- staying home if you are sick;
- covering your coughs and sneezes;
- cleaning your hands often, and;
- cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (both at work and at home).
Thank you for doing your part to help keep our community as safe as possible during this challenging time. We are all in this together!