Coronavirus and Hopkinton
It has come to a head - Wegman's is sold out of hand sanitizer , Costco is out of beans. The public has officially started to panic and prep. I have decided to write this because I want to make sure that if you are going to run to the store- you actually grab the important stuff. All of the information here is adapted from the CDC website. I am hoping that by putting this is plain English it will be less scary and more manageable to plan for. This is specially written as the"plan"- We do not have any one in Hopkinton that is being evaluated at this time. We do not have anyone in Hopkinton that has tested positive for the Coronavirus.
Take a deep breath- we can do this.
Who are you planning for?
You need to plan for your family in the event of an emergency. Who is included in this plan is up to you but think about immediate household members, animals and any elderly adults with chronic medical conditions. You need to write down the contact information for all of these people and keep it in a safe space. What if your cell phone is broken or dead and you need to use another phone? While we are talking about phone numbers- I will attach a list of important ones for the Town of Hopkinton. Your also going to want to write down the contact information for the Doctor for each person you have included. Also, pick one person as your emergency contact outside of your home. What if everyone in your home becomes ill- who can you trust to call to help ?
What supplies will are actually important?
You should have the basics and you can check ready.gov for their checklist but I personally would make sure you have all these:
Food - at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food
Toilet paper and/or facial tissues
First aid kit- you specifically need to have a working thermometer and might want to have medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen for adults and children.
Make sure you have recently refilled prescription medication and have any medical supplies you need on a daily basis
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
Manual can opener for food
Hand sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol based and Soap
Surface cleaner that is effective in killing Coronavirus like Lysol or Clorox wipes
Cell phone with chargers
Where are you and your family going to go if you become ill ?
You should make a plan for how you will handle the Coronavirus in your home. If someone in your family was sick, you need to make a plan for where that person might be quarantined within your home. Most cases can be managed and cared for at home but you should have an emergency plan just in case. If you had traveled to one of the high risk areas and you started to develop symptoms, you need to call your health care provider or facility of choice prior to showing up and potentially exposing others. The same applies to calling 911- you should make sure that the dispatcher understands the potential risk so that first responders can don appropriate PPE to protect themselves and others.
I know that this is all overwhelming and that there is so much unknown right now that it can feel as though your not being given all of the information. I urge you to shut off the news channel and educate yourself about the Coronavirus from credible sources such as the CDC or MDPH.
You should also read the Interim Guidance released by the CDC for preparing your household for additional information.
Hopkinton Health Department- 508-497-9725
Hopkinton Fire- 508-497-2323
Hopkinton Police- 508-497-3401