In This Together
How to Protect Yourself & Others from COVID-19
As the situation surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus) develops, we want to thank you for your efforts to take care of yourself and one another in order to reduce exposure. Here are some actions you can take to stay healthy and prevent the spread of illness:
IF YOU ARE FEELING UNWELL, STAY HOME AND REST.
If you develop symptoms (fever, dry cough, shortness of breath), stay home and rest. This will help reduce the risk of exposure for those around you. If your symptoms get worse, call your doctor or get in touch with our telehealth provider.
WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN WITH SOAP.
Wet your hands and scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds (or about the time it takes to hum “Happy Birthday” twice). Be sure to get between your fingers and under your nails. If soap and water isn’t available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
COVER COUGHS AND SNEEZES.
Use the “vampire” technique—use the inside of your elbow to cover your mouth and nose.
CLEAN HIGH-TOUCH SURFACES.
Disinfect phones and tablets using 70% isopropyl alcohol. Wipe down handles, doorknobs and counters.
STAND AWAY FROM PEOPLE, WHEN POSSIBLE.
Avoid shaking hands (try flashing the peace sign or touching elbows instead) and reconsider going to large gatherings or crowded spaces.
WITH KIDS, KEEP CALM — AND GET THE FLU SHOT.
The good news is that cases in children have been rare. That said, this is a good reminder to guard against other illnesses, like the flu. In fact, our medical plans cover 100% of the cost of immunizations.
Taking these steps will not only help keep you and your family safe, it will keep more vulnerable members of our community safe as well.
WHERE TO GO WITH QUESTIONS
For questions regarding symptoms, where to go to get care, call the number on the back of your medical ID card. Also, Kaiser Permanente has created a 5-part Coronavirus and COVID-19 informational video series which is accessible to all Kaiser and Non-Kaiser members.
For questions regarding dental care providers, the American Dental Association (ADA) has issued a detailed guide for dental providers which will help you understand the steps and precautions dental professionals are being asked to take to ensure your health an safety. Here is a link to Delta Dental’s information page regarding COVID-19.
City employees are encouraged to contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offered at no cost to the employees, and is available to all employees (including part-time) and household members (except police safety*). This is a confidential program with trained clinicians available to assist employees and/or household members who are experiencing stress and anxiety over any issue, including something large-scale and alarming as the coronavirus pandemic. They have experience to assist with the symptoms of anxiety, worry, fear, feelings of being overwhelmed, grief, and more. With something as large-scale as the coronavirus, the resulting stress and feelings are often universal as far as traumatic response.
Please contact Aetna Resources for Living at (800) 342-8111 Resources for living
- Username: City of National City - Password: eap
* Police Safety and eligible family members, may contact The Counseling Team International at (800) 222-9691.
Resources for Part-Time Employees
If you are a part-time employee, and are asked not to report to work due to facility closures associated with COVID-19 or are sick due to COVID-19, resources may be available through the California Employment Development Department at Employment Development Department.
Finally, as the status of the coronavirus pandemic continues to change, we recommend checking the CDC (www.cdc.gov) regularly for updates.
Please contact the Human Resources Department at (619) 336-4300 if you need additional information or have questions about available resources.