Together We Can Stay Healthy

As we all learn to live with COVID-19 in our daily lives and adjust to our “new normal”, we can all work together to stay healthy. Protecting ourselves and others when we can’t stay home is essential.

As we all learn to live with COVID-19 in our daily lives and adjust to our “new normal,” we can all work together to stay healthy. Protecting ourselves and others is essential when we can’t stay home. Your Adena caregivers, want to ensure that you and your family know how to best protect yourself and others while you are out meeting your basic needs, such as getting gas or shopping for food and other items.

Using a facemask, along with social distancing, covering your cough and good hand hygiene are some of the layers of protection we can use to keep everyone as safe as possible.

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Wash Your Hands 

Your community’s health is in your hands. Washing your hands is still one of the simplest and most effective ways to slow the spread of any respiratory illness. If soap and water are unavailable, using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol also helps.

 

 

Avoid Close Contact 

With the reopening of communities starting to take place, it is important we all continue to do our part to keep the people around us as safe as possible. Staying healthy together, still means keeping our distance. That’s why protecting ourselves and others, when we can’t stay home is essential. Remember to stay at least 6 feet away from others when completing basic errands, such as grocery shopping.

 

Cover Your Cough 

Whether you are experiencing symptoms of a respiratory illness, or maybe just suffering from seasonal allergies, remember to always cover your mouth with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing. This helps to prevent the spread of germs and reduces any risk of exposure. Don’t forget to wash your hands after blowing your nose, toughing your face, coughing or sneezing. 

 

Avoid Touching Surfaces

Whenever possible, everyone should avoid touching frequently touched surfaces with their bare hands. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. When possible use a tissue or paper towel to open doors, flush toilets, or to turn off restroom faucets after cleaning your hands. Be sure to clean and disinfect these surfaces daily to limit the spread of germs. When cleaning, wear reusable or disposable gloves. 

 

Wear a Facemask 

Help keep yourself and those around you safer by wearing a facemask. Adopting this universal practice helps in preventing the spread of respiratory illnesses. It is also another step you can take to support the reopening of our communities and keeping them that way.

Facemasks are currently required to be worn at all Adena locations. If you do not have a facemask, one will be provided to you upon entry after your temperature screening.

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When to Wear Gloves 

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends we only wearing gloves when cleaning or caring for someone who is sick. Unless you are a health care provider, wearing gloves is not necessary in most situations, like grocery shopping. Gloves can still lead to the spread of germs, and glove use can actually result in less frequent handwashing.

Washing your hands is still one of the simplest and most effective ways to slow the spread of respiratory illnesses.  

What Adena is Doing to Protect You  

Whether you are coming to Adena Health System for an appointment or for a longer stay, your safety is our highest priority. Now more than ever, our physicians, advance practice providers and caregivers are ensuring the safety and well-being of our patients and visitors. During this pandemic, Adena has strictly followed all federal, state and CDC guidelines to enhance our safety measures to keep you and your loved ones safe during your visit. We have put important safety measures in place to minimize risk for our patients, visitors and staff including: 

- Continued visitor restrictions
- Required masking and screenings
- Social distancing in all areas
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting 

To learn more about how Adena is working to protect you, visit Enhanced Cleaning and Facility Safety Procedures.

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