Important Announcement: QVHD is closely monitoring the community spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Please direct all general questions to the state's hotline by dialing 2-1-1 or call 833-ASK-YNHH (833-275-9644). Anyone experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) is strongly urged to contact their medical provider to seek treatment. For additional information, visit our information page at www.qvhd.org/coronavirus-preparedness or ct.gov/coronavirus.

Coronavirus Preparedness

The Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the Department of Public Health & QVHD are closely monitoring the community spread of Corona Virus (COVID-2019) in the United States. 

For state and local updates, testing data and guidance visit:  www.qvhd.org/COVID19-UPDATES 

General Questions 

Residents who have general questions on Coronavirus can call 2-1-1 or text “CTCOVID” to 898211.

This information hotline is ONLY intended to be used by individuals who are not experiencing symptoms but may have general questions related to COVID-19. Anyone experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) is strongly urged to contact their medical provider to seek treatment.

Apple partnered with the CDC to develop a screening tool for COVID-19. Click here to determine what you should do next if you're experiencing symptoms 

Frequently Asked Questions from Governor Ned Lamont (Updated March 24, 2020) 

For up to date information on Corona Virus, visit the CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/ or https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus 

Resources 

Overview on Coronavirus with Dr. Peter Lin (VIDEO)

CDC Fact Sheet on Coronavirus (COVID-19) (spanish) (chinese) 

Safety Guidelines for Grocery Shopping 

Safety Guidelines for Take-Out & Delivery 

Keeping Workplace, Schools, Homes & Commercial Establishments Safe 

Guidance for Food Service Establishments

Mental Health in Times of Uncertainty

Parents: How to Talk to Your Children About COVID-19

Preparing for Coronavirus 

Information for Travelers (spanish) 

Symptoms of COVID-19 & Seeking Medical Attention (spanish) (chinese) 

High Risk Populations

Community Mitigation Strategies

What to Do If You Are Sick with COVID-19 (spanish) (chinese) 

Mental Health & COVID-19

Faith & Community Based COVID-19 FAQ 

 

Prevention 

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

Hand Washing 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Face Masks 

  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Preparedness at Home 

Maintaining a stockpile of essential supplies in your home is important regardless of emerging situations. QVHD encourages all residents to be prepared year-round which requires having your own supply of food, water and necessary supplies to last a minimum of 72-hours. It is possible, depending on emerging circumstances, that recommendations will increase to maintaining a supply to last between a week to two weeks. 

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items:

  • Water - one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation
  • Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food - cereals, grains,beans, lentils, vegetables, and fruit, oil spices, powdereed milk 
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Toilet paper, tissues 
  • Soap, hand sanitizer, household cleaning products 
  • Feminine hygiene products 
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Manual can opener for food
  • Local maps
  • Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
  • Prescription medications 
  • Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
Announcement Date: 
Friday, January 31, 2020