New Health Directives today update
From the Dubois County Health Department:
DUBOIS COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTIVES
Dubois County has no confirmed COVID-19 cases at this time. However, this could change quickly, and we must be prepared. We send our condolences to our Hoosier who passed due to this illness. This is why we are stressing if you are sick, stay home. We give our support to our doctors, nurses, RTs, CNAs, EMTs, Chaplains and all those front line staff taking care of our sick. Community members who are aged 60 or older are encouraged to stay home.
Citizens of Dubois County are encouraged to follow the guidance and recommendations from the Governor Holcomb and Indiana State Department of Health. People with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath should call your doctor’s office or the Emergency Department before you arrive and tell them about your recent travels along with your symptoms.
Additional directives from Governor Holcomb include:
Bars, nightclubs and restaurants are required to close to in-person patrons and may provide take-out and delivery services through the end of March
- Large events and mass gatherings have been lowered to no in-person events of more than 50 people.
- Non-essential in-person meetings will be limited to 10 persons or less and should meet virtually whenever possible. High-risk individuals should not attend meetings in person
- Employees over the age of 60 with underlying health conditions are advised to work from home, and agencies should identify work that can be accomplished remotely for those individuals
The most important thing you can do right now is educate yourself about the virus. More information may be found at the Indiana State Department of Health or CDC websites that are linked to the Dubois County Health Department homepage. For the most up to date local information, please visit our county website at https://www.duboiscountyin.org/departments/health_department/index.php
The Dubois County Health Department, Emergency Management Agency takes mental health very seriously. Thank you to our Mental Health Professionals our Mental Health Professionals Heather Terwiske and Jodi Richardson from Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center for providing these stress management tips and techniques during this time.
The outbreak of coronavirus 2019 may be distressing to some individuals and communities. Anxiety and fear may become overwhelming and cause strong emotions for children and adults. It is important to understand that everyone reacts differently in times of stress.
Some reactions individuals may experience include:
- A change in your energy level or activities (increase or decrease)
- An increase in emotions- especially irritability, anger, guilt, tearfulness
- Excessive worrying
- Having difficulty relaxing
- Changes in appetite (increase or decrease)
- Sweating or cold chills
- Headaches or stomachaches
- Feeling confused, difficulty concentrating, or having trouble remembering things
- Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
The most important thing you can do to decrease your stress level is to take care of yourself. Some ways to do this and to relieve your stress includes:
- Limiting your exposure to reading and watching news in relation to the outbreak. You will want to remain up to date, but try to limit your exposure to one credible source of information.
- Keep yourself healthy. Eat well balanced food and diet. Drink plenty of water. Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake. Get plenty of sleep and rest. Continue to exercise responsibly.
Some relaxation techniques you may find helpful are:
- Deep breathing- breathe in through your nose for a count of 4, hold your breath for a count of 4, exhale through your mouth for a count of 4, and hold your breath for a count of 4.
- Talk about your feelings with loved ones and friends
- Focus on positive parts of your life
- Maintain a sense of hope and positive thinking
Know when to get help
If you or someone you know are showing signs of stress for several days or weeks, and it is also interfering with your daily life, reach out for help. You may contact your family physician, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.TALK, Memorial Hospital’s 24-hour Help Line at 812.827.6222, and LifeSpring 24-hour crisis line at 812.482.4020.
For Families and Children
Children react, in part, on how they see adults responding around them. When parents and caregivers deal with stress calmly, children will be better supported and have more reassurance.
Not all children exhibit signs of stress in the same manner. Some things to look for include:
- “Acting out” and/or irritability
- Difficulty concentrating
- Unexplained headaches, body aches, or stomachaches
- Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (e.g. bedwetting, toileting accidents)
- Fear that a family member, close friend, or pet may die.
Some things you may do to support your children during these times of stress:
- Take time to talk to your child about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer their questions in a way that they can understand. Keep it simple and age appropriate.
- Review safety plans
- Reassure your child that they are safe. Let them know that it is ok to feel scared or upset. Share with them how you handle your stress.
- Maintain structure and routines
- Be a role model-take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well.
For Responders and Caregivers
Responding to COVID-19 can take an emotional toll you. There are things you can do to reduce your risk of secondary traumatic stress (STS) reactions.
- Acknowledge that STS can impact anyone. Including you, families, and co-workers.
- Learn the symptoms of STS
- Physical- illness, fatigue, forgetfulness
- Mental- fear, guilt, withdrawal
- Get support from your team members. Avoid working alone.
- Take breaks. This is necessary and not selfish.