Most of us are already aware and have concerns about the spread of a novel coronavirus and the disease it causes called COVID-19. The transmission rate and risk-level is currently considered low in our area and for our specific population. That being said, we want to acknowledge that some people are understandably feeling high levels of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. We will update this document as conditions evolve.
Informational Resources to stay up to date on Corona Virus:
- The Official United States CDC and FEMA Coronavirus site
- Health Officer Order to Shelter in Place
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - COVID-19
- Severe Outcomes Among Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) — United States, February 12–March 16, 2020
- National Institutes of Health
- UC Berkeley Health Services
- City of Berkeley Public Health
- City of Berkeley community news email list
- Contra Costa Health Services
- Alameda County Health Department
- CA Dept of Public Health
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
Things to keep in mind regarding Corona Virus
- As of March 16, a total of 4,226 COVID-19 cases had been reported in the United States. Among 2,449 patients with known age, 6% were aged ≥85, 25% were aged 65–84 years, 18% each were aged 55–64 years and 45–54 years, and 29% were aged 20–44 years.*
- Among 508 (12%) patients known to have been hospitalized, 9% were aged ≥85 years, 26% were aged 65–84 years, 17% were aged 55–64 years, 18% were 45–54 years, and 20% were aged 20–44 years.*
- Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, have the greatest risk of becoming severely ill.
- CONSIDERING THIS: If you feel ill, even with mild symptoms, call your doctor or advice nurse line. If you are infected and don't get treated because your symptoms are mild, you could spread the illness to vulnerable populations.
Prevention and Preparation
- Restrict travel to essential activities, activities necessary for the health and safety for you and your family ONLY. Otherwise stay home.
- If you must go out, practice social distancing.
- If you feel ill, call your doctor or advice nurse line
- Wash your hands before and after eating, after using the restroom, and generally any time you may touch an infected surface
- If you are especially concerned about the spread of infection, consider reducing handshakes, hugs, sharing food and drinks, sharing bodily fluids, and other actions that could transmit illnesses.
- Use alcohol hand sanitizers as a second line of defense
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Try not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow. If you use a tissue, wash your hands afterward
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, especially plates, utensils, and cups.
The Member Resources Department will be in touch with managers and members with more information and preparedness plans.
This page was last updated on March 30th, 2020.