RN- Real News from the Nurses
March 27, 2020
Dear Families and students,
We hope that you are doing well and are settling in to a new routine!
The nurses would like to remind you that even though school is closed, we are here to assist our students and families through this challenging time. We want to help you all to stay healthy!
In order to best support all of our families, we ask that you please let us know if your child is ill and unable to participate in distance learning. This helps us to track illness within our community and to be sure we are meeting the academic needs of our students. As always, the information that you share is kept in strict confidence!
You may email us directly at: email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be going into our office intermittently and can answer phone calls/ messages (860-789-8525 x 2618 and 2619).
Meanwhile remember that the answer to this health crisis is working together, following CDC guidelines, keeping up to date with those health guidelines and supporting one another. We are posting updates on the new district web site called "RN: Real news from the nurses". You will find the site under the District website menu. It contains updates on measures to protect yourselves, signs and symptoms of the Covid 19, and a lot more pertinent info re: this crazy time in which we live!
Be well! Together we will get through this!
Patty Severson and Dorothy Mitchell
Contents of this site
- Links to local Healthcare Resources
- Plan for your response to Corona from the CDC
- Symptoms of Allergies/ Cold/ Flu and Corona- How to identify Corona Virus
- What to do if you think you have Corona
- Where to get Corona testing
- Making Masks the Safe Way!
Links to Local Health Care Resources:
Health Insurance Provider Resources:
Please check with your provider for information.
Access Health Care Coverage
Access Health CT
New special enrollment period for uninsured individuals
Access Health CT (ACHCT) has announced a new special enrollment period so uninsured Connecticut residents can sign up for health insurance during this public health emergency.*
The special enrollment period runs through Thursday, April 2, 2020. Coverage begins April 1, 2020.
Learn more at Learn.AccessHealthCT.com.
Connecticut Husky Health
From the CDC:
Before a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in your community:
A COVID-19 outbreak could last for a long time in your community. Depending on the severity of the outbreak, public health officials may recommend community actions designed to help keep people healthy, reduce exposures to COVID-19, and slow the spread of the disease. Local public health officials may make recommendations appropriate to your local situation. Creating a household plan can help protect your health and the health of those you care about in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community. You should base the details of your household plan on the needs and daily routine of your household members.
Create a household plan of action
Talk with the people who need to be included in your plan. Meet with household members, other relatives, and friends to discuss what to do if a covid outbreak occurs in your community and what the needs of each person will be.
Plan ways to care for those who might be at greater risk for serious complications. Older adults and persons who have underlying chronic medical conditions may be at risk for more serious complications. Early data suggest older people are more likely to have serious COVID-19 illness. If you or your household members are at increased risk for COVID-19 complications, please consult with your health care provider for more information.
Get to know your neighbors
Talk with your neighbors about emergency planning. If your neighborhood has a website or social media page, consider joining it to maintain access to neighbors, information, and resources.
Identify aid organizations in your community. Create a list of local organizations that you and your household can contact in the event you need access to information, health care services, support, and resources. Consider including organizations that provide mental health or counseling services, food, and other supplies.
Create an emergency contact list
Ensure your household has a current list of emergency contacts for family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, health care providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, and other community resources.
Make sure you have at least 2 weeks of your prescription medications available!
allergies or cold or Flu or corona???? (march 27,2010)
If you or a family member has any of the symptoms above of corona, please CALL your doctor. Many doctors are using facetime or Telemedicine services to communicate with their patients. It is better to avoid the doctors' offices whenever possible. If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, call your doctor or healthcare facility before visiting.
Drive-Through COVID-19 Test Sites in CT
You MUST have an order from a physician BEFORE you can be tested for corona. Call your physician BEFORE you go to a drive up!
The latest list of drive-through testing locations includes:
- Bridgeport Hospital
- Bristol Health -- coronavirus hotline: 860.261.6855.
- Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington
- Danbury Hospital
- Greenwich Hospital
- Griffin Hospital in Derby. The health hotline is 203-204-1053. If you need to get tested, call 203-437-6815.
- Hartford Hospital
- Johnson Memorial Hospital in Stafford Springs
- Lawrence Memorial Hospital in New London
- Manchester Memorial Hospital
- Mid-State Medical Center in Meriden
- Norwalk Hospital
- Rockville General Hospital in Vernon
- Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford
- Saint Mary’s Hospital in (Waterbury
- St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport
- Stamford Hospital, for information on COVID-19, call 203-276-4111 seven days a week, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- UConn John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington. The COVID-19 Call Center is 860-679-3199 and it is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
- Waterbury Hospital
- William H. Backus Hospital in Norwich
- Yale-New Haven Hospital
- The test, which takes less than five minutes, is administered by a physician, advanced practice provider or nurse outfitted in protective clothing, including a gown, goggles, mask and gloves. Patients drive up to the testing site where the clinician swabs the patient’s nose and throat collecting a sample that will be sent for evaluation. After testing, patients are given follow-up instructions and information about self-isolation.
Sewing Masks for Health Care Workers Important infection prevention for mask production
Before starting this project, please ask yourself the following questions:
Have you been in contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
Do you have fever, cough or shortness of breath?
If you are able to answer “NO” to both questions, then proceed with making masks.
If you answer “YES” to either or both questions, please do not make masks. If you are experiencing cough, fever, or shortness of breath and have a concern that you may have COVID-19 please call your primary care provider for a risk assessment.
If you are experiencing cough, fever, or shortness of breath and have a concern that you may have COVID-19 please call your primary care provider for a risk assessment. Instructions for making masks: Materials
• 100% unused cotton fabric (front) – no metallic fabrics • 100% cotton or cotton flannel (back)
• 1/4” or 3/8” flat elastic Instructions can be found here. Interested in dropping off masks? e-mail:
COVIDdonations@hhchealth.org Masks can be dropped off in re-sealable plastic bag.
Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
- Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean your hands often
- Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
- Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option, especially if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Call ahead before visiting your doctor
- Call ahead: Many medical visits for routine care are being postponed or done by phone or telemedicine.
- If you have a medical appointment that cannot be postponed, call your doctor’s office, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Stay home if you’re sick
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.