Oak Creek Health Department Recommendations
Everyone should be aggressively social distancing. Social distancing may mean substantially altering what you do each day but it's critical to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). What you do and don't do fundamentally impacts our community's health and well-being.
People should be:
- Staying home as much as possible. This means not leaving your home unless absolutely necessary. Cancel events and do not host groups, gatherings, and playdates.
- Continuing strong everyday prevention measures. Wash your hands often and cover your sneezes and coughs with a tissue or your elbow.
- When you leave home, assume that you will come into contact with COVID-19. Stay home so you don’t increase your likelihood of getting sick, and you reduce the risk of getting others sick too. If you do go out, maintain at least six feet of physical distance from anyone you meet, and consider wearing a cloth face covering. All community members should be monitoring themselves for symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat) and isolating themselves from others as soon as they develop these symptoms. Your doctor will decide if you need to be tested. The health department does not test people for COVID-19.
How to Practice Aggressive Social Distancing
Why These Actions Matter
We know that these recommendations have a tremendous impact on peoples' lives, but this is a critical moment to slow the spread of this disease in our community. The sooner we slow transmission, the more cases we can prevent. We would like people to take the time now to prepare for widespread illness in the future.
By preparing as individuals we can:
- Limit the Spread: Taking steps to limit contact with other people lowers how many people can catch the virus.
- Help Protect Others: Help protect those in our community who are more vulnerable, such as the elderly and people with chronic disease, from serious complications and death.
- Reduce Strain on the Healthcare System: The more that people can take precautions to not get sick, the less strain on the healthcare system.