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TIPS TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

Milton, Fla. - As the Florida Department of Health works to keep residents and visitors safe and aware of the status of COVID-19 in our state, the Santa Rosa County Health Department would like to share some tips from the Centers for Disease Control on how to reduce the chance of spreading the virus.
 
At Home

  • Continue to practice good hand washing. Cover coughs and sneezes. Stay home from work if you are sick and keep children home from school when sick.
  • Remind family members not to touch their faces.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces like doorknobs, tables and handrails.
  • Open windows or adjust air conditioning to increase ventilation.
  • Treat vulnerable family members, such as those over the age of 65 or with chronic medical conditions, as though others are a threat to them. Practice good hygiene when caring for them. If they are sick, provide them with their own room, and keep the door closed. 
 
At Work
 
  • Good hand hygiene is as important at work as it is at home. Encourage employees to clean hands at the door and send email reminders to clean hands throughout the day.
  • Stop shaking hands. Use other, non-contact methods of greeting customers and coworkers.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Open windows or adjust air conditioning to increase ventilation.
  • Consider videoconferencing for meetings whenever possible. When not possible, hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces.
  • Assess the risks of business travel.
  • Handle food carefully and limit food sharing.
  • Ensure cafeteria staff and their close contacts practice strict hygiene.
  • Allow employees to stay home if they are sick or have a sick family member.
 
Businesses
 
Encourage employees and customers to:
 
  • Stop shaking hands. Use non-contact methods of greeting.
  • Clean hands at the door and send employees email reminders to clean hands throughout the day.
  • Promote tap and pay to limit handling of cash.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Open windows or adjust air conditioning to increase ventilation. 
  • Avoid crowding by booking appointments to stagger customer flow.
 
Public Transportation Businesses
 
  • Open windows whenever possible.
  • Increase ventilation.
  • Disinfect surfaces regularly.
 
For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control Website at cdc.gov, or contact the COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121 or COVID-19@flhealth.gov. The call center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
 
The full CDC guidance document can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf
 
About the Florida Department of Health
The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.
Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @HealthyFla. For more information about the Florida Department of Health please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.
 
 
Public Information Officer
Santa Rosa County Health Department
P. O. Box 929
5527 Stewart Street
Milton, Florida 32572-0929
Phone:  (850) 983-5200, ext. 2275
Cell:      (850) 554-1643
Fax:      (850) 983-4540
 
Florida Health:  The first accredited public health system in the U.S.
 
Mission:  To protect, proote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.
 
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