Wellington Regional Medical Center Update
Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
COVID-19 General Information
As a large employer and a local government provider of public services, programs and facilities, we are paying close attention to the information and messaging coming from the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), Florida League of Cities and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the coronavirus.
This page contains information, resources and links to the FDOH and CDC for what you need to know about the coronavirus, what to do if you are sick and strategies to avoid getting sick.
Help Slow the Spread
Do your part to slow the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
For more information, please visit Coronavirus.gov.
- Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
- Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
- If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
- Use drive-thru, pick up or delivery options.
- Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits.
- DO NOT VISIT nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
- Practice good hygiene:
- Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
- Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
Be sure to listen to and follow the directions of state and local authorities.
If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems, and diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.
How to Protect yourself
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Here are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Read more from the CDC about handwashing.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Health and Wellness
We know you are staying at home and doing your best to keep our community safe from the spread of COVID-19. Keep it up! We are all in this together. Let’s stay strong in our commitment to good health as we shelter at home.
With the current CDC guidelines in place limiting social gatherings to 10 people or less and encouraging social distancing, gyms are getting creative to help you stay active.
Here are some local gyms that are offering virtual workout sessions to do at home:
In an effort to continue engaging the community in the area of health and wellness, Baptist Health South Florida is offering FREE virtual exercise, meditation, and educational seminars. Visit their website to view all their virtual classes.
Information for Pet Owners
"I have been asked about COVID-19 and our pets.
Per the CDC, World Organisation for Animal Health, World Health Organization, and the American Veterinary Medical Association there is no evidence that pets can contract or spread COVID-19. To date, no pets have become ill with the disease and do not spread it to other animals. The virus does not survive long on porous surfaces and pet hair has not been found to transmit the virus.
Pet collars are not a likely source of transmission but have a slightly higher risk than the pet’s fur.
If you are already sick/infected with COVID-19, current recommendations are to have another member of your family take care of your pet and that you should avoid close contact where possible. This is "out of an abundance of caution" until more is known per the American Veterinary Medical Association.
As of now, THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT PETS CAN SPREAD COVID-19.
What we do know is our pets can be a source of stress relief and comfort in these very trying times so go enjoy your pet and stay safe."
Marc Pinkwasser, DVM
Courtyard Animal Hospital
If you have returned from ANY international travel or a cruise within the last 14 days and you’re sick, call your healthcare provider or county health department at 1-866-779-6121.
Visit the following websites regarding travel notices and advisories:
- Number of novel COVID - 19 cases in Florida
- Florida Department of Health
- Information on what you need to know, what your county health department is doing and planning and preparedness resources.
- Florida League of Cities Coronavirus Resources page
- This website includes helpful links, resources, fact sheets, and recent news.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- This website includes information on what you need to know, preventing COVID-19 spread in communities, how to protect yourself and your family and higher risk and special populations.
- Palm Beach County School District