Posted 4/15/2020 in Public Health
Delaware County Public Health recognizes and appreciates the vital role all residents serve in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Everyone is spending more time away from friends and family because of social distancing, but each person is helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
“This is not easy,” shared Delma Hardin, Delaware County Public Health Coordinator. “We want everyone to know that the actions they are taking - staying away from groups of people and keeping a 6-foot distance from other individuals - are important and do make a difference.” These actions, known as social distancing, help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Physical health is naturally a primary focus right now, but mental health also needs to be a priority. “Spending most of your time at home likely means more television and social media, and that often means an overload of information about COVID-19. People may feel lonely and anxious. This is normal, but there are steps we can take to help these non-physical results of COVID-19,” said Hardin.
- Stay connected. Connect electronically with friends and family by using the phone, computer, or other devices.
- Unplug. It’s important to stay informed, but you can do that by checking in with trusted information sources a few times a day.
- Eat healthy meals. Find ways to be active. Eat regular, healthy meals and make time to move.
- Find ways to give back and support others.
If you need to talk to someone, visit YourLifeIowa.org, where you can chat online. Text YourLifeIowa 24/7 at 855-895-8398 or call 855-581-8111. All services are confidential and free.
Delaware County Public Health thanks all the local businesses, schools, essential service workers, healthcare providers, coalitions, churches, and individuals for doing their part during this COVID-19 pandemic.
For trusted information and updates related to COVID-19, residents are encouraged to visit regmedctr.org/covid-19, coronavirus.iowa.gov, idph.iowa.gov/Emerging-Health-Issues/Novel-Coronavirus, or cdc.gov/coronavirus.