|Coronavirus and COVID-19 |
As I am sure you have heard on the news and in almost any publication you open these days that the world at large, our nation and our state are in the midst of a crisis dealing with Coronavirus and the resulting disease COVID-19. As many in our community are in high risk groups according the the CDC and WHO, we are taking extra steps to keep everyone safe. Fiber arts is so important to all of us and a way to keep calm and relaxed in these kind of times, and we understand that community support helps us all, we want us to all stay happy and healthy and a providing these recommendations as a way to help everyone stay healthy.
Blizzard will continue to stay open and provide community space for those who would like to join us for Stitch Night, Classes, Make Alongs and regular Business Hours and we will follow any recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Washington State Heath Department, Clark County Health Department or City of Vancouver. We do encourage you to stay home if you are in a high risk group or have any feelings of being unwell, especially with a cough or sneezing with or without fever.
Folks in the high risk groups are as follows:
Steps we are taking to keep everyone healthy:
- older than 60.
- who have serious chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease.
- who have weakened immune systems.
Steps you can take to help keep yourself and your community safe:
- Sanitizing common touch surfaces regularly
- All door handles
- The counters both checkout and kitchen
- The kitchen and community space tables
- Our Credit Card/Debit Machine
- Shared Pens
- Computer Surfaces
- Bathroom Surfaces
- Anything else that comes to our attention
- Encouraging employees and community to stay home if feeling unwell
- Removal of Ravelry computer until the current crisis passes (keyboards are a high touch surface)
- Providing hand washing resources, sanitizing wipes, tissues, and Purell
- Removing shared foods from the kitchen
- We are postponing planning for Irina's memorial, as per Jim's decision
- Stay home if you are in a high risk group
- Stay home if you are feeling unwell or a household member is unwell
- Wash your hands often
- Avoid touching your face especially nose, eyes, and mouth
- Cover all coughs and sneezes with a tissue and dispose of it and wash your hands
- Please don't bring in shared food
- Use disposable cups, bowls, plates and cutlery
- Wash your hands before eating or drinking
- Relax and strengthen your immune system
- When washing your hands, make sure you are using proper hand washing procedures
Proper Hand washing Procedures and When to Wash (From the Centers for Disease Control Website)
Follow these five steps every time.
- Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
- Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
When to Wash your hands
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
Links to resources about Coronavirus and COVID-19:
The World Health Organization website on Coronavisrus
The Center for Disease Control Website on Coronavirus
The Washington State Department of Health Website on Coronavirus https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
Clark County Website on Coronavirus
Vanouver Washington City Webpage on Coronavirus