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White House & CDC Provide New Guidance - March 11 SARS-CoV2 Update for Santa Clara County

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In the hopes of keeping all of you in the loop and aware of local developments, please note:

Today, March 11, 2020, there have been administered new guidelines administered from the White House & CDC to Santa Clara County: "Due to widespread community transmission of COVID-19 in these communities, examples of mitigation strategies for these areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Individuals should practice protective measures (e.g., hand washing*);

  • Schools should conduct regular health checks of students, staff, and visitors;

  • Senior living facilities should implement social distancing measures;

  • Workplaces should encourage staff to telework and expand sick leave policies;

  • Community and faith-based organizations should move gatherings of any size to video-accessible venues or postpone/cancel; and

  • Healthcare facilities should implement triage before entering facilities.

In making these recommendations, the Task Force considered guidance from multiple Federal agencies, including technical advice from CDC. These community mitigation strategies are recommended for 30 days, after which local and state public health officials, in coordination with CDC will reassess the individual community situations."

* Personal measures should also include social distancing, avoiding touching face/mouth/eyes or washing hands with soap and water for 30 seconds before doing so, or before touching food intended to be consumed.

* The fever for COVID-19 averages around 100 degrees F and typically occurs with a dry cough and tightness in the chest/difficulty breathing. Keep an eye out for these three symptoms in combination.

Please watch this Interview with Michael Osterholm, an American public health scientist and a biosecurity and infectious disease expert. Osterholm is the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota and a Regents Professor, the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the University of Minnesota Medical School, all at the University of Minnesota. He is also on the Board of Regents at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Here is a helpful podcast with extensive interviews with expert epidemiologist/virologist and other experts: Ologies with Dr. Shannon Bennett

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