Greetings Symphony Village Residents:
The Board, in consultation with the general manager, continues to monitor the COVID-19 coronavirus situation closely. The Board and Management strive to provide the community with factual and current information as it becomes available.
A FAQ sheet regarding COVID-19 and Older Adults published by the Maryland Department of Health and updated on April 3, 2020 can be viewed by clicking here.
A FAQ sheet about the Stay-at-Home Order and Self-Isolation published by the Maryland Department of Health can be viewed by clicking here.
A general COVID-19 FAQ sheet published by the Maryland Department of Health can be viewed by clicking here.
What should you do if you think you are sick with COVID-19?
Per guidance published by the Maryland Department of Health, if you become sick with fever, cough or have difficulty breathing, contact your health care provider, especially if you are over 60 years of age or have pre-existing medical conditions. If you do not have a health care provider, contact your local health department. Follow these steps:
• Call your health care provider, local health department or emergency room before you go
• Tell them about your symptoms, any recent travel and close contacts (such as people in your household)
• Wear a mask, if one is available
NEW from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
COVID-19 Weekly Surveillance Report
A weekly surveillance summary of U.S. COVID-19 activity. The report summarizes and interprets key indicators including information related to COVID-19 outpatient visits, emergency department visits, hospitalizations and deaths, as well as laboratory data.
Cloth Face Covers – the publication below may be viewed on the CDC website by clicking here .
CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (“asymptomatic”) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (“pre-symptomatic”) can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
This recommendation complements and does not replace the President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America, 30 Days to Slow the Spread which remains the cornerstone of our national effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. CDC will make additional recommendations as the evidence regarding appropriate public health measures continues to develop.
The association highly encourages you to review safety guidelines and look for updates from the CDC, the MDH, QAC Health Department and the World Health Organization. Please check the links below for the most up to date information.
Stay safe and be well.
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