Children’s Hope Alliance Family.
We are still happy to report we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the CHA family is proving to be an extremely flexible and dedicated team. We are still waiting on test results from one staff member and two group homes on the Barium Springs campus remained quarantined.
With the state of North Carolina under Stay At Home orders starting at 5pm today until April 30th, some clarification might be helpful since it is imperative for each of us to follow.
Exactly what does a stay-at-home order mean, and how is that different than shelter-in-place?
Typically a shelter-in-place order is used in the case of a natural disaster and means residents must stay inside their homes, without exception. A stay-at-home order also protects residents, but this order is a bit more lenient as it allows for residents to leave their home for “essential” activities. And remember that any time outdoors requires you to maintain social distancing.
What are “essential” activities?
Things you have to do. Think grocery shopping, getting gas for your car, picking up medications, exercising outdoors, or bringing your dog to the vet. Things like social visits, recreational shopping, or just being “out and about” without a purpose are NOT essential.
Why is it so important for me to follow this order? Everything seems fine to me.
It is critical for people to follow the stay-at-home order to prevent more cases of COVID-19 from developing – this is called “flattening the curve.” If we can limit the amount of people infected with this virus, we can somewhat control the amount of people filling the hospital beds, which means the people who need medical treatment can get that treatment. If too many people become infected, the medical system will be overtaxed and those who need it may not be able to get the care they need.
OK, that makes sense. What else can I do besides follow the stay-at-home order?
- WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN! This is still the most effective way to prevent transmission of COVID-19.
- Monitor Yourself. Taking precautions like self-monitoring symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, shortness of breath) can prevent transmission.
- Do not leave your home if you are ill.
Let’s all keep flattening that curve and taking great care of ourselves and one another!