Home Health Guidance
Updated March 26, 2020 5:00 PM
- COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus that has now spread globally.
- While anyone can be infected, most people experience mild symptoms and do not need to go to the hospital.
- Symptoms are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
- People most at risk for severe disease are older adults and those with underlying conditions such as heart disease.
- Multiple cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Kansas
- Sedgwick County Health Department is closely monitoring this issue and is coordinating with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).
- We anticipate more cases of COVID-19 in Sedgwick County in the coming days or weeks.
- Sedgwick County has issued a stay at home order until April 23, 2020
- Residents may call (316) 660-9000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions related to the order.
- If you have questions related to COVID-19 or testing, you can call United Way’s 2-1-1 resource
Sedgwick County Health Department monitors and investigates reports of disease every day, from whooping cough and chickenpox to tuberculosis and HIV. Staff are trained in methods to reduce the spread of disease. You can help, too. COVID-19 is a new disease but it spreads the same as the flu, through respiratory droplets (ex. coughing and sneezing).
The Sedgwick County Health Department recommends all older adults and those with a serious underlying health condition (a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system) self-isolate (stay home and away from other people).
I am a worker for an essential business or healthcare agency that visits homes. What do I need to do?
The Sedgwick County Health Department encourages individuals to practice the following prevention basics:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- 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.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections.
What should I do if I recently traveled?
- Traveled to a state with known widespread community transmission (California, Florida, New York and Washington state) on or after March 15.
- Traveled to Illinois or New Jersey on or after March 23.
- Visited Eagle, Summit, Pitkin and Gunnison counties in Colorado in the week of March 8 or after.
- Traveled on a cruise ship or river cruise on or after March 15.
- People who have previously been told by Public Health to quarantine because of their cruise ship travel should finish out their quarantine.
- Traveled internationally on or after March 15.
- People who have previously been told by Public Health to quarantine because of their international travel to China, South Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran should finish out their quarantine.
- Received notification from public health officials (state or local) that you are a close contact of a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19. You should quarantine at home for 14 days since your last contact with the case. (A close contact is defined as someone who has been closer than 6 feet for more than 10 minutes while the patient is symptomatic.)
If you have any questions regarding these recommendations or if they apply to you, please call the Sedgwick County Health Department at 316-660-7300.
The Sedgwick County Health Department will notify the public if conditions change.
What should I do before I visit a home?
When you are scheduling your visit, assess the situation:
- Has anyone in the home traveled within the last 14 days to/from a state, county, or country identified as a hot spot?
- Has anyone in the home been exposed to an individual diagnosed with COVID-19?
- Is anyone in the home showing signs of illness including:
- A fever greater than 100 degrees;
- Cough; and/or
- Shortness of breath.
If the answer to any of these questions is YES or the occupant(s) prefers not to have a worker in their home, the visit should be rescheduled or, if possible, conducted virtually. (As a general rule, reschedule the visit for no earlier than 14 days).
If there are no indications of risk/illness or the visit cannot be conducted virtually, proceed with the on-site visit as long as the occupant(s) are comfortable doing so.
What do we do if we are required to enter the home and the individual is symptomatic or been diagnosed with COVID-19?
Read about the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to conduct a visit safely.
- Minimize contact as much as possible
- Avoid touching any surfaces if possible
- Washing your hands or use hand sanitizer before, during, and after the visit