COVID UPDATE 5.20.20

Children’s Hope Alliance Family,

Based on the latest data presented by the governor’s office and the NCDHHS state task force today, the testing, tracing, and trends indicate progress, but the trajectory of the COVID-19 cases is rising. Due to this data, the governor has moved the state to a “Safer-At-Home” PHASE 2 to begin Friday at 5pm. Everyone is encouraged to stay at home, but more businesses will be allowed to open.
Important to note, bars, nightclubs, gyms, indoor facilities, indoor entertainment venues, and public playgrounds will REMAIN CLOSED. In addition, no more than 10 people may gather indoors. Additional information will be provided in Friday’s Water Cooler.
AT THIS TIME, FOLLOWING THE 3 Ws IS ESSENTIAL: WEAR a mask, WAIT 6ft apart, and WASH your hands frequently.
Making plans for this Memorial Day Weekend? Here are some helpful tips to stay safe and healthy. Remember, if we each do our part, it helps the whole!

PERSONAL SAFETY

  • Practice social distancing
  • Wear a mask when you are outside your home
  • Self-monitor symptoms
  • If you socialize with others, be aware if anyone in the group is displaying symptoms of the COVID-19 symptoms

GRILL SAFETY

Preventing the spread: It’s tempting to gather round the grill and chat, but adults are advised to wear masks and keep a distance from others.
The Red Cross said grilling fires spark more than 10,000 home fires on average each year. To avoid this:
  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Never grill indoors—not in the house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.
  • Make sure everyone, including children and pets, stay away from the grill.
  • Keep the grill away from the house or anything that could catch fire.
  • Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill.

WATER SAFETY

  • Follow the guidance of state and local officials. Make sure the area is designated for swimming.
  • Maintain social distancing, both in and out of the water, between you and people who don’t live with you. The Red Cross suggested to come up with another activity if you don’t think your child can appropriately social distance themselves.
  • Wear face coverings on land, especially when physical social distancing is difficult. Do not wear them in the water as it may be difficult to breathe.
  • Don’t share goggles, nose clips, snorkels or other personal items