Pandemic Preparedness: Household plan for COVID-19 Checklist

Following relaxed COVID-19 precautions across the state and the reopening of Arizona businesses, the number of cases is increasing. Therefore, since the risk of the virus in AZ is high and increasing, it is important to create a COVID-19 plan to prepare your household in case one or more members of the home become infected with the virus.

In addition to taking everyday steps to prevent COVID-19 such as practicing proper hand hygiene and sanitizing commonly touched items in the home, it is also especially important to create a COVID-19 household plan in case member(s) of the home begin to show symptoms or test positive for the virus.Follow the checklist below to ensure that you and your home are prepared!

What to do if someone in the home becomes sick with COVID-19:
All members of the home should follow this guidance:

✓ STAY HOME
All members of the home, and anyone who has been in close contact with members of the home, should stay home for a minimum of 14 days after symptoms appear or a positive test has been confirmed.

✓ AVOID CLOSE CONTACT WITH PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF THE HOME
Maintain physical distancing from others and do not go out in public.

✓ ARRANGE FOR SOMEONE OUTSIDE OF THE HOME TO TRANSPORT ESSENTIAL GOODS
Ask a friend, neighbor, or family member living outside of the household to bring essential items to your home such as groceries, personal items, and sanitizing supplies to avoid going out in public. Make sure to keep appropriate physical distance when interacting! Or if you have the means to use a delivery service, you can have groceries left on your front step. 

✓ USE GLOVES WHEN HANDLING A SICK INDIVIDUAL’S DIRTY LAUNDRY AND GARBAGE 
When handling the sick individual’s trash or dirty laundry make sure to wear gloves. Washing other clothing items along with the sick person’s clothes will not spread the virus, but do remember to use the warmest appropriate setting to do laundry.
If at all feasible keep the sick person isolated from the rest of the family in a bedroom only used by them. If you have a spare bathroom, they should be the only ones using that bathroom. 
Buy a pulse oximeter and thermometer if at all possible, it is critical to monitor people’s oxygen levels and fever. Other warning signs of severe disease are found here.
Be sure they stay hydrated and rested as much as possible.

✓ AVOID SHARING PERSONAL ITEMS, FOOD, AND DRINKS WITHIN THE HOUSEHOLD
Leave any food or beverages just outside the sick person’s room and have the sick person return their used dishes to the same location to be cleaned. This will help minimize exposure to the sick person.

✓ ENCOURAGE ILL INDIVIDUALS TO WEAR MASKS
Whenever sick members in the household are in close contact with other non-sick members of the home, encourage them to wear masks to reduce the likelihood of virus spreading among family members. Use this link to learn how to create a homemade cloth face covering.

For additional information on how to care for someone who is sick, visit this link.

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