For immediate release: CDC Issues Health Recommendations for Seniors
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change our lives on a daily basis, the 50 North community is committed to keeping our members and their families informed. We are monitoring the information coming from local, state, and national health officials and will provide updates as needed.
50 North Closure
Our board of trustees, working directly with the Hancock Public Health Department and following the recommendations from Governor DeWine regarding the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), decided to close 50 North beginning Thursday, March 12, 2020, and continuing until further notice. Members utilizing Mobile Meals will be contacted by the director for delivery dates, and all other programs and services will be canceled.
Health Recommendations for Older Adults
COVID-19 is of special concern for older adults. Here are the up-to-date guidelines from the CDC about how to take action now to reduce your risk:
- Stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed. If it is absolutely necessary to go out into public, avoid touching surfaces (doorknobs, elevator buttons, handrails, etc.) and take extra precautions to keep space between yourself and others—at least six feet.
- Contact your health care provider about getting extra medications to have on hand in case you cannot leave your home for a prolonged period of time.
- Have enough household items and groceries on hand in case you need to be home for an extended period of time. Many stores are instituting shopping hours earlier in the day intended only for seniors.
- Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or having been in a public place.
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, and ears.
- Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs, focusing on frequently touched surfaces, such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, and cell phones.
COVID-19 Warning Signs
- Be aware of potential COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.
- If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs may include the following:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion or inability to arouse
- Bluish lips or face
*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
If You Get Sick
- Stay home and call your health care provider. Let them know your symptoms so they can know how to best take care of you and keep others from becoming exposed.
- If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home. Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home.
- Know when to get emergency help.
- Get medical attention immediately if you have any of the emergency warning signs listed above.
The 50 North family recognizes this is a confusing and overwhelming time for many of us. Although our facilities are closed for the time being, we are committed to bringing you the information you need to stay safe, healthy, and informed. We look forward to returning to “life before COVID-19” soon, but in the meantime, we will work together to support the community as much as possible.
About 50 North
50 North offers programs and services to support adults who are 50 and older by enriching their lives, supporting their independence, and helping them navigate life’s transitions.