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  • 3RPHD COVID-19 Update to Mitigate Community Spread

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  3/16/2020 at 1:30pm
    Terra Uhing, MS
    Executive Director
    (402) 727-5396 ext. 103
    Three Rivers Public Health DeaCOVID-19 Update to Mitigate Community Spread
     Three Rivers Public Health Department (3RPHD) who serves Dodge, Saunders and Washington counties would like to provide guidance on what to do within the communities that we serve in to mitigate, suppress and delay the spread of COVID-19.
    The following are recommendations from Three Rivers Public Health Department:
    • Avoid large group gatherings and events of 50 people or more.   
    • Stay home if you are sick.
    • Please continue to practice good hygiene habits such as washing your hands and coughing into your elbow.
    • Disinfecting and cleaning facilities and frequently touched surface such as door knobs, railings, light switches etc.
    • Practice social distancing (this is a strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19. This is a conscious effort to reduce contact between people to slow down the spread of the virus).  
    • Take personal responsibility for implementing social distancing in order not to infect others. 
    Religious organizations are also encouraged to follow the CDC’s guidelines. 
    Our current situation continues to change rapidly however, currently there are no confirmed COVID-19 cases within the 3RPHD health jurisdiction.  To date we have tested twelve individuals and those tests were negative.  The individuals that were in self-quarantine from the February 29, 2020 Fremont Family YMCA event were released from self-quarantine on March 14, 2020 at 4:00pm.  We have received confirmation of one case in a neighboring health jurisdiction that tested positive, this individual was involved in the Fremont Family YMCA on February 29, 2020. 
    As a reminder the quarantine period for COVID-19 is 14 days. Please self-evaluate for symptoms which include a fever of 100.4 or above, cough, sore throat and shortness of breath. “If you have COVID-19 symptoms, or develop symptoms, contact your health care provider and tell them how you are feeling. Please tell them about any potential exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19. We ask that you call ahead before you go to the doctor’s office or an emergency room,” said Three Rivers Public Health Department, Executive Director, Terra Uhing. Evidence to date suggests that this virus doesn’t stay in the environment for an extended period of time.  Please feel free to call 3RPHD at 402-727-5396 or 2-1-1. 
    Jordan Rishel, IOM, Executive Director
    (402) 533-4455