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Due to COVID-19, Keiro has decided to transition all of our scheduled in-person events in 2020 to alternative formats. Read full statement here.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been an adjustment, as everyone has shifted their lifestyles drastically these past few months, since the Safer at Home order was issued on March 19, 2020. As businesses, organizations, and our community begin to open up, we will need to continue adjusting to the “new normal.”
COVID-19 primarily spreads from person-to-person contact and no vaccine is available as of today. Practicing good safety and hygiene protocols as we navigate this return to normal will be key. These include washing your hands often, avoid touching your face with unclean hands, and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. If possible, continue to stay home. That is the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19. Your personal risk depends on your age, your health, virus presence in your community, and the safety measures you use (Aubrey et al., 2020).
Every outing, gathering, and activity will carry some level of risk, as being indoors and around more people can raise your risk. In general, the closer you are to an infected person and the more time you spend with them increases your risk of becoming infected. You will have to determine what you are comfortable doing as Safer at Home orders ease and more spaces open up. Our everyday lives will continue to be different though, so here are some tips to keep in mind.
Continue utilizing platforms like Zoom, FaceTime, etc. for meetings and events like virtual dinners, birthday celebrations, or game nights with friends and family. Handwritten cards and letters could be alternatives as it adds a more personal touch and remind people that you are thinking of them. Consider the following however if you are thinking about connecting with others in person:
Resources on Keeping Older Adults Connected Through Technology:
LA County (Reopening Safer, 2020)
The County of Los Angeles Health Officer Order was revised on June 11, 2020. As Los Angeles County moves into Stage 3 of reopening, residents must continue to wear face masks outside of the home and practice physical distancing in public spaces. Whenever possible, all residents should remain at home.
Orange County (OC Health Officer’s Orders, 2020)
The latest Health Officer Order and Recommendations was updated on June 19, 2020. Businesses, industries, and other organizations post their industry-specific checklist for reopening (according to State’s roadmap and guidelines). These include guidelines for training employees on limiting the spread of COVID-19 as well as new disinfecting protocols and physical distancing guidelines. Previously Orange County only strongly recommended that residents wear face coverings in public. This was revised to reflect the statewide mandate for wearing fact masks and is now required. There is also updated information regarding strong recommendations in Orange County. While these guidelines are strong recommendations, they should be followed to ensure the safety of yourself and others from the transmission of COVID-19:
Ventura County (Stay Well VC, 2020)
The Stay Well VC Health Officer Order was revised on June 11, 2020. According to the Order, businesses must establish, implement and enforce COVID-19 prevention. Businesses must post a written notice explaining how it will comply with physical distancing requirements.
Everyone in California must wear a face mask or face covering while in the following situations
Source: California Department of Public Health (Guidance for the Use Face Coverings):
There are a few individuals who are exempt from the face covering mandate:
Keiro’s Article on Masks
In the event that you do decide to go out, here are some things to keep in mind to help you determine the amount of risk the outing carries and how comfortable you are going out:
Keep in mind about above risk factors, think and assess following activities if you do consider going out.
There are COVID-19 cases in all 50 states. Traveling increases your chance of both coming in contact with infected individuals and spreading the virus. If possible, avoid any unnecessary travel out of your region.
With COVID-19, certain new customs will be the new normal:
Please take a look at our article on COVID-19 Readiness.
As you navigate your return to activities, outings, and gatherings, remember that your personal safety and comfort are the most important. Since a vaccine is not yet available, there are no zero-risk outings or gatherings. Ultimately, it remains your decision on if you should go out and what activities you take part in. Do not be afraid to say no or avoid handshakes. Even though we might be returning to normal activities, the way we interact and socialize has changed immensely. Keep washing your hands frequently, and wear a mask. Choose to gather in outdoor spaces, with fewer people instead of smaller spaces with more people. Together, we will continue adapt to our “new normal.”
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Reopening Safer at Work and in the Community for Control of COVID-19. (2020). Retrieved from http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/docs/HOO/HO_Order_COVID-19_Safer_at_Work_and_in_the_Community_05292020_FINAL_WithAppendices.pdf
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