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Public Service Announcement: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In response to concerns regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Seneca Nation is collaborating with Seneca Nation Health Systems and Emergency Management, as well as many other key departments and outside entities to establish protocols and ensure preparedness. The objective is to limit impacts should the virus effect our communities.

As the situation continues to evolve, we will continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus while coordinating a response that will be implemented for all Seneca Nation properties. Our goal is to mitigate the impact it may have on the community’s overall health. It is important that we all collaborate in preventing the spread of this virus, which includes participation from the community. Informational updates will be provided to the public to increase awareness and preparedness. The health of our people and communities are the priority.

Below is information regarding the virus and how we can help prevent it from affecting our communities.

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus that was first detected in China and has spread to almost 70 locations internationally, including in the United States.

THE KEY TO PREVENTION IS:

• Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds,
• Cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue or disposable paper product instead of the inside area of your elbow, or your hands,
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth,
• Avoid close contact with people (high fives, handshakes, etc..),
• Stay at home when you are sick, and
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. (refer to the CDC website for recommended cleaning products to use)

Symptoms associated with COVID-19 appear 2 to 14 days after exposure. The new strain of Coronavirus resembles the seasonal influenza, with a fever, dry cough with an added shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. If you are exhibiting signs of the virus, it is recommended to call your doctor for an over-the-phone consultation. Do not go to a medical care facility.

It is important to note that facemasks should only be utilized by people who show symptoms of COVID-19, healthcare professionals or in-home caretakers. It is not necessary at this time for the public to wear masks or respirators.

More information will be shared with the public as we develop a thorough response to this issue. There are no known cases in our immediate area, but we stress the importance of being proactive and taking all preventative measures.

For further information and to stay apprised of the most up to date information, please see the following CDC link:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html