COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus disease first identified in Wuhan, China.
COVID-19 is now a pandemic affecting many countries globally.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to spread primarily from person to person, mainly through small respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks.
These droplets are relatively heavy, do not travel far and quickly sink to the ground. However, people can catch COVID-19 if they breathe in these droplets from a person infected with the virus. T Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
These droplets can also fall on objects and surfaces around the infected person such as tables, doorknobs, and handrails. People can become infected by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. This is why it is important to wash your hands regularly with soap and water or clean with alcohol-based hand rub.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. Spread is more likely when people are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
WHO is continuing to research the ways that COVID-19 is spread and continues to provide updates.
Currently, there no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
Because the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, below are some ways we can protect ourselves:
- Maintain 6 feet distance between yourself and others when possible
- Practice good hand hygiene
- Wear a mask or face covering when social distancing is not possible
- Stay home when sick.
People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms – from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Other symptoms that are less common include aches and pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but only have very mild symptoms.
If you have fever, cough, or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19 and should consult your doctor to get tested.
ICR is taking the pandemic very seriously.
We have not have any cases of COVID 19 within our facility and have put the following policies in place in efforts to help keep our residents and employees safe:
- New employees must be tested prior to their first day of work
- All employees self-screen and will be sent home if they are sick
- All employees are required to wear face coverings during their work shift
- New residents must be tested prior to moving in
- New residents will be quarentined for 14 days after moving in
- Indoor visiting has been temporarily suspended
- Reduced entry by vendors or non-essential personnel