On March 4, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a State of Emergency in California to prepare for the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting that flu activity for the 2019-2020 influenza season remains high and is expected to continue spreading.
We understand that you may have concerns about the the flu and/or respiratory illnesses. Your family’s health is our priority. We want to share information with you about how we continue to operate safely.
Steps we’re taking
- We are monitoring information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and federal, state and local agencies to ensure the steps we are taking comply with the latest recommendations and guidance.
- We are communicating regularly with our employees to keep them informed and to ensure their health and safety and that of our participants.
- WIC centers have been given hand sanitizer for use by both employees and participants.
- We are taking extra precaution to wipe down surfaces in WIC centers to maintain a safe and sanitary environment.
- We are encouraging WIC employees to stay home if they are ill.
- We are encouraging participants to complete their appointments online at wiconlineeducation.org or reschedule their appointments if they are ill.
Steps you can take
- Stay informed. The CDC website is a reliable source for information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
- Stay home if you are sick. If you have an upcoming WIC appointment, call or text us to reschedule. You may also be eligible to complete your appointment online at wiconlineeducation.org to have your benefits loaded to your card from home.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
- If you have traveled outside of the United States or had close contact with someone who recently traveled abroad and was sick, contact your health provider. Avoid public spaces until you are cleared by your medical provider.
More about COVID-19
Coronaviruses usually cause an upper respiratory tract illness like the common cold. The new strain is associated with a range of symptoms from milk fever to cough and shortness of breath, or pneumonia (lower respiratory tract illness).
There is no specific treatment or vaccine for COVID-19 at this time. Most infected people will recover on their own.
As COVID-19 is new, this is an evolving situation and we will continue to provide updates as they become available.
Learn more about COVID-19 here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
Here is a quick reference guide about what you need to know about the novel (new) Coronavirus: