COVID-19 SYMPTOMS AND PREVENTION
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's CO HELP: COVID-19 hotline is an excellent resource for the latest information and for general questions. Call 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911, or email them here for answers in English and Spanish (Español), Mandarin (普通话), and more.
Routt County and Moffat County Public Health recommend focusing on preventative measures your business can take to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Please share these with employees and visitors:
- Be vigilant in handwashing. Place signs around your organization encouraging people to take simple measures against the spread of illness. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Stay home when sick, practice cough and sneeze etiquette and encourage others to do the same.
- Regularly clean high-touch surfaces around your organization with a disinfectant cleaner. For a list of disinfectants for use against COVID-19 please visit the EPA website.
If you Display Symptoms
If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 and start showing symptoms (fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath), follow the steps below:
- Self Isolate: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 must isolate at their lodging/residence during their illness. You should restrict activities outside except for getting medical care.
- Separate yourself from other people. As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
- Call ahead before visiting a doctor. Call your medical provider or a nurse line first and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
- UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center provides virtual nurse consultation to residents of northwest Colorado as well as visitors to our area. These options are ideal as there is no appointment necessary, and you can be helped from the comfort of your home. Please use these alternatives if you may be contagious to help eliminate the spread of symptoms to others.
Practice Social Distancing
- Social distancing public health order 20-23.
- When possible, increase the distance between people to six feet to help reduce spread.
- Follow CDC guidelines on travel.
- Discourage children and teens from gathering in other public places as schools are closed.