Resources and Links to Stay Up-To-Date on COVID-19 Pandemic
We wanted to update you on what United Way of Northwest Georgia and our Community Partners are doing currently.
Some Community Partners have closed or adjusted operations temporarily. To help limit the spread of COVID-19 and support efforts to promote social distancing, United Way of Northwest Georgia is closed to the public until further notice. Staff is still working diligently to need the ever-evolving needs of our community.
We have posted bilingual resource guides on the front door and instructed visitors to call our help line (706-226-4357 or 211 from a landline) to discuss resources rather than have those conversations in person.
We are here, so please call us if you need us.
As we continue to receive updates from our Community Partners and their current status, please call ahead before visiting one of our Community Partners.
We are also posting updates on our social media and website from official sources.
The biggest immediate concern we have heard is about school children having their nutritional needs met.
The school systems are working on food distribution, similar to the summer feeding programs, and we are sharing this as the information becomes available.
Our Community Partner, Salvation Army, is one of the food distribution sites for Dalton Public Schools.
Our school systems are implementing their digital learning or homebound programs, and the State of Georgia has suspended state testing administration and some related accountability requirements. www.gadoe.org
How Can You Stop the Spread of COVID-19?
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
-Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
-Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
-Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; throw used tissues in the trash. If a tissue isn't readily available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, not your hands.
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles desks, computers, phones, keyboards, sinks, toilets, and countertops.
-If surfaces are dirty, clean them- use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
-Wear a facemask if you're sick. Wear a facemask if you're around other people (i.e. sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider's office.
Get Your Household Ready
There are things you can do right now to be ready for any emergency, and many of these same tips will help you prepare as the coronavirus situation continues to evolve in the U.S.
-Have a supply of food staples and household supplies like laundry detergent and bathroom items, and diapers if you have small children.
-Check to make sure you have at least a 30-day supply of your prescription medications, and have other health supplies on hand including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes and vitamins.
-Know how your plublic health agency will share information in your community and stay informed.
-Learn how your children's school or daycare, and your workplace will handle a possible outbreak. Create a plan in the event of any closings, event cancellations or postponements.
-If you care for older adults or children, plan and prepare for caring for them, should they or you become sick.
-Help family members and neighbors get prepared and share the safety messaging with those who may not have access to it.