Update for September 21, 2020
Flu Season: The flu vaccine is extra important this year. While we have preliminary evidence that all of the current efforts to reduce COVID spread will help us have a mild flu season, it is still absolutely critical that everyone who can get a flu vaccine gets one. STIHC is planning multiple Flu Vaccine Drive Through clinics for October - look for an update from us soon!
Clallam County: The rate of new cases in Clallam County has slowed down however it is very important to pay attention to the amount of testing being done. The reason that we use the Percent Positive COVID-19 Cases data (instead of the number of cases per 100,000 population) is because the Percent Positive takes into account the amount of testing. When Clallam County tests more, if it truly is a low risk county, the Percent Positive will go below 2% and it will no longer be considered a High Risk County. I highly encourage everyone to look at the data from different counties on the Washington State Risk Assessment Dashboard.
Moving Forward: The most important lesson from our current success is that our community knows we have all the tools to prevent a COVID outbreak in Neah Bay. Wearing masks and limiting social contacts just our Household Groups is the most effective way to keep our loved ones and our elders safe until we have a vaccine and a treatment.
Please stay connected and stay safe. You are welcome to call me with questions and comments at any time: 360-645-2224.
Dr. Libby Cope
STIHC Health Director/Makah Tribal Health Officer
IF YOU ARE SICK, STAY AT HOME EXCEPT TO GET MEDICAL CARE
Stay home and stay away from others in your household, in a separate room and using a separate bathroom if possible. If you have to be around others, stay 6 feet away and wear a face mask or use a tissue to cover your cough/sneezes
Absolutely stay away from high risk persons in your life (high risk persons are those who are greater than 60 years old, have underlying heart or lung or other medical conditions, or are pregnant).
VERY IMPORTANT: If you are at high risk (greater than 60 years old, have underlying heart or lung conditions, diabetes or other immune compromising conditions, or are pregnant), please start monitoring your symptoms very closely. Call immediately if your fever is greater than 100.4 or you are having shortness of breath.
If you are coughing or sneezing, do it into a tissue and immediately dispose of the tissue (or wash if you have a handkerchief). Do not let other people handle your used tissues or handkerchiefs! If you don't have something to cough or sneeze into, use your elbow, but wash your clothes afterward.
If you have mild symptoms, (such as a cough, runny nose or fever less than 102) you can most likely manage your symptoms at home. There are several supportive therapies you can do at home without seeing a doctor, such as:
If your symptoms worsen during After Hours, please call the Careline at 1-800-607-5501 or, if you suspect you have COVID-19 (fever and a cough), call the Clallam County Hotline at 1-360-417-2430 or the Washington State Department of Health Hotline at 1-800-525-0127 and press #.
If you are having an emergency (i.e. severe shortness of breath) at anytime, call 911.