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Haywood County Health Department

Medical Director Dr. Mark Jaben: What about pets and COVID-19?

Dr. Jaben shares some background, and common-sense precautions, about pets and COVID-19.

04/07/20/ WNC MOAA/ Serious/

Haywood County Health Department

Medical Director Dr. Mark Jaben: Making, and using, a mask...

Dr. Jaben discusses the value of using a mask, and provides some links for making one yourself.

04/06/20/ WNC MOAA/ Serious/

Haywood County Health Department

Medical Director Dr. Mark Jaben: Four simple rules...

Dr. Jaben provides four simple rules for protecting yourself, your loved ones, and your community.

04/05/20/ WNC MOAA/ Serious/

Haywood County Health Department

Medical Director Dr. Mark Jaben: It's your choice...

Dr. Jaben talks statistics, and some common sense, about protecting yourself and your community from COVID-19.

04/05/20/ WNC MOAA/ Serious/

Haywood County Health Department

Medical Director Dr. Mark Jaben: The impact of the actions of one person...

Dr. Jaben describes just how important the actions of one person can be.

04/04/20/ WNC MOAA/ Serious/

Charles George VA Medical Center

Procedures at Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs)

Our CBOCS are basically following the same safety measures as we are at the Medical Center:

At each CBOC, there is a screening tent, a triage tent and a wellness tent. Wellness tents are manned by RNs and a provider comes in if needed.

All CBOCS have ceased operations to see patients face to face for the audiology, optometry and physical therapy clinics. We do have physical therapist at the main site that can call and provide instruction for some PT patients.

All CBOCs are asking that Veterans call before they visit to coordinate care.

Mental Health services have been moved to telehealth.

Veterans are reminded that if they have an emergency to call 911.

Non-urgent visits are being handled by telehealth or rescheduled.

04/16/20/ WNC MOAA/ Serious/

Charles George VA Medical Center

Universal Masking: What’s the difference in face masks?

N95 Respirator: A NIOSH-approved N95 reduces the wearer’s exposure to airborne particles, from small particle aerosols to large droplets. N95 respirators are tight-fitting respirators that filter out at least 95% of particles in the air, including large and small particles.

Medical Facemask: Also called surgical masks, these are loose-fitting and provide only barrier protection against droplets, including large respiratory particles. No fit-testing or seal check is necessary with facemasks. Most facemasks do not effectively filter small particles from the air and do not prevent leakage around the edge of the mask when the user inhales.

Cloth Face Covering (Homemade Face Mask): A facial covering made of cloth material covering the nose and mouth. A cloth face covering is not intended to protect the wearer, but may prevent the spread of virus from the wearer to others. These have no medical grade quality and offer the lowest protection. This is the recommendation from CDC for community/public use. This is not intended for hospital/medical use.

The role of facemasks is for patient source control, to prevent contamination of the surrounding area when a person coughs or sneezes.  In light of new data about how COVID-19 spreads, along with evidence of widespread COVID-19 illness in communities across the country, CDC recommends that people wear a cloth face covering to cover their nose and mouth in the community setting. This is an additional public health measure people should take to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in addition to (not instead of) social distancing, frequent hand cleaning and other everyday preventive actions. This would be especially important in the event that someone is infected but does not have symptoms. A cloth face covering should be worn whenever people must go into public settings (grocery stores, for example).

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N95 respirators. Medical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance. Patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 should wear a medical facemask until they are isolated in a hospital or at home.

Masks can be donated through the VA Voluntary Services Department. Please call 828-298-7911 ext. 2514. We are not currently accepting homemade masks.

04/10/20/ WNC MOAA/ Serious/

Department of Defense Guidance on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings

05 April 2020

Complete text available below; original document in link at lower right.

SUBJECT: Department of Defense Guidance on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings

The Department of Defense (DoD) is committed to taking every precaution to ensure the health and wellbeing of our Service members, DoD civilian employees, families, and the Nation in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. DoD supports, and will continue to implement, all measures necessary to mitigate risks to the spread of the disease, consistent with the Department's priorities to protect our people, safeguard our national security capabilities, and support the government's whole-of-nation response.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Military personnel, DoD civilian employees, their family members, and DoD contractors are strongly encouraged to follow CDC guidelines on the use of cloth face coverings in public settings or where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.

Effective immediately, to the extent practical, all individuals on DoD property, installations, and facilities will wear cloth face coverings when they cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas or work centers (this does not include in a Service member's or Service family member's personal residence on a military installation). This includes all:

• Military Personnel

• DoD Civilian Employees

• Family Members

• DoD Contractors

• All other individuals on DoD property, installations, and facilities

Exceptions to this requirement may be approved by local commanders or supervisors, and then submitted up the chain of command for situational awareness. Security checkpoints may require the lowering of face covers to verify identification.

The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness will issue updated force health protection guidance on DoD implementation. The Military Departments will issue guidance on wear for Service members. As an interim measure, all individuals are encouraged to fashion face coverings from household items or common materials, such as clean T-shirts or other clean cloths that can cover the nose and mouth area. Medical personal protective equipment such as N95 respirators or surgical masks will not be issued for this purpose as these will be reserved for the appropriate personnel.

The Department will continue to implement force protective measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to our total force and their families, and the American people. The latest DoD policies can be found here: Coronavirus.

04/06/20/ WNC MOAA/ Serious/
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