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Mrs. Hannah Thompson, RN
- If you are sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
- Caring for someone who is sick: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/care-for-someone.html.
Social distancing is very important right now for everyone to abide by to prevent transmission of COVID-19. Socially distancing yourself by at least 6 feet when around others in the community, practicing good hand washing, sanitizing surfaces and only leaving your residence when it is essential are very important measures for reducing the spread of COVID-19. Please see this link https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html for current guidelines for protecting yourself and your family.
Alaska 211 is available if you are in need of resources such as food, shelter, transportation or have other needs that arise. Dial 2-1-1 to be linked with resources. The 211 website may work best if phone lines are busy and is linked here: https://alaska211.org/. The United Way Resource Guide is also linked here for additional resource information: http://unitedwaymatsu.org/our-work/resource-guide/.
For mental health crisis contact the 24/7 Careline at 1-877-266-HELP or the Mat-Su Health Services 24/7 crisis line at 376-2411.
There is also a 24-hour Nurse Advice Line open to the public for health concerns related to COVID-19, to access the 24 hour nurse line call 907-212-6183. You are always welcome to reach out to me as well at 761-1506 or by email at email@example.com.
Local healthcare providers are continuing to recommend that students keep up on immunizations, exams and mental health visits and are providing social distancing measures so students can continue to be seen for necessary appointments. Contact your students healthcare provider for specific information on how to keep necessary appointments.
It is recommended that those who have not yet received the seasonal flu vaccine have it administered. Flu season typically runs from October through May and this recommendation is to prevent further burden on the health care system and potentially decrease the severity of illness should you become sick. It is recommended that you call ahead to the Mat-Su Public Health Center (p. 352-6600) or your preferred provider to obtain the flu vaccine. Mat-Su Public Health currently has flu vaccine in stock and it is available at no cost to the public as of March 2020. For more information on the flu vaccine see this link: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.pdf or talk with your health care provider.
- Bus Routes for food
Here is the link to all the bus routes and for food pick up. Here is the link to all the bus routes and for food pick up.
Many local pharmacies are starting to offer home delivery of some prescription medications. Consider this as an option for local Rx refills before visiting pharmacies in person.
Handwashing is a big deal for keeping healthy! Here are some points to review with your student(s) as you discuss handwashing at home:
- First, rinse hands with water (either cold or warm water both work equally well)
- Apply soap and lather for 20 seconds, the time it takes to sing the Happy Birthday Song or Baby Shark twice. The water does not need to be running the whole time, it is the lather and scrubbing that is important!
- Don’t forget to scrub fingernails, thumbs, in between fingers, back of hands and wrists.
- Rinse well with water with fingertips pointed downward under the stream of water.
- Dry with a clean towel, paper towel, or air dryer, taking care to use a paper towel if one is available to turn off faucet and open the door handle.
When to wash your hands:
- Before and after eating
- After using the bathroom
- Before and after touching your face
- After blowing your nose
- If your hands are visibly dirty
- After caring for a wound (scrape, cut, nosebleed etc.)
- After playing with pets or being around animals
- Before, during and after preparing food
- After touching surfaces that are regularly used by others, like door handles, keyboards, phones, tech devices and shared items
- Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue, not your hands
- Hand sanitizer is great to use if your hands are not visibly dirty. Rub hands thoroughly and allow to air dry. It is a general rule to wash your hands with soap and water after using hand sanitizer 5 times in a row.
Contact me any time with any questions or concerns.
Office Phone: (907)761-1506
Fax Number: (907)761-1592
Link to Alaska Public Health http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Nursing/Pages/default.aspx
Link to Alaska Vaccination Recommendations http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/Epi/iz/Documents/factsheet/IZReqFactSheet.pdf