Upper Missouri District Health Unit Stresses Calm and Caution Following Report of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Williams County
BISMARCK, ND – UMDHU is encouraging calm and caution following the announcement of a positive COVID-19 cases in Williams County. The North Dakota Department of Health released information that included two positive COVID-19 cases on March 31.
“It was not unexpected for us to have cases in Williams County,” said UMDHU Executive Officer Javayne Oyloe. “We continue to encourage people to practice social distancing to protect those around you. We are hopeful our communities and our state will prove to be only a small sample of the overall COVID-19 situation.”
Now more than ever, it is critical to take preventative action for your health, and the health of the community:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap. In the absence of soap, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
- Avoid touching your T-Zone (eyes, nose and mouth).
- Practice social distancing. Avoid social gatherings and groups of more than 10 people. Use drive-through, pickup or delivery options.
- Work from home when possible.
- Stay home when you are sick. Call your healthcare provider if you develop fever, cough or shortness of breath.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. In the absence of a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay away from individuals who are sick. Limit close contact (six feet or more) with others as much as possible.
“We do want to stress to everyone that the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly changing,” said Oyloe. “This means people should also take the time to go to the CDC, UMDHU and North Dakota Department of Health websites and get familiar with their information. They have provided guidance for a variety of specific groups, as well as for general population methods of response.”
For ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Dakota Department of Health has established a COVID-19 Hotline to help answer questions. You can call (866) 207-2880 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Individuals who need medical advice should contact their health care provider.
For more information, visit www.umdhu.org