Caring for family members who test positive or are suspected of coronavirus

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If you are a household member, partner or caregiver of a person who is symptomatic, has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or is awaiting test results, it is important to not only monitor your health but also take precautions to protect yourself and others. 

If any person in a household has tested positive for COVID-19, all persons in the household are hereby ordered to stay home. Members of the household may not travel to work, school or any other community function until cleared by a medical professional. You can all schedule telehealth visits for clearance by a physician by clicking here.  

When caring for someone who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, you should take the following steps:

  • Understand and follow all instructions given by healthcare providers. 
  • Help the person you are caring for with basic needs like getting groceries, prescriptions and personal needs.
  • Monitor their symptoms and notify their physician if the symptoms worsen.

Isolation 

  • Continue isolating the person you’re caring for and stay in a separate room as much as possible.
  • Do not allow visitors to your home.
  • Care for any pets in the home.
  • Make sure shared spaces have good airflow if possible, like an air conditioner or an open window.
  • Make sure the person you’re caring for wears a facemask when around other people. If the patient is unable to wear a facemask, others should wear a mask when in the same room. 

Sanitize

  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 60% to 95% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid sharing household items with the person you’re caring for (utensils, dishes and more). Wash all household items thoroughly after the patient uses them.
  • Wear disposable gloves while handling household items and keep the items away from your body.
  • Use a cleaning spray or wipe to clean high-touch surfaces after contact. This includes counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables.
  • Immediately remove and wash clothes or bedding that have blood, stool or body fluids on them. Use laundry detergents at the warmest temperature recommended on the clothing labels.
  • Immediately clean your hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after removing your gloves.

When you have contact with a patient’s blood, stool, or body fluids (saliva, sputum, nasal mucus, vomit, urine) 

  • Wear a disposable facemask and gloves.
  • Throw out disposable facemasks and gloves after using them. Do not reuse.
  • Follow all sanitizing procedures above.

How to remove personal protective equipment

  • First, remove and dispose of gloves.
  • Then, immediately clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Next, remove and dispose of facemask, and immediately clean your hands again with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

Are you feeling under the weather? Do you have any additional questions about how to care for someone suspected of COVID-19 or who tested positive? Schedule a telehealth appointment by clicking here!  

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.