Dear Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara Participants,
With the ongoing concern regarding the Coronavirus, COVID-19, I want to let you know that there is nothing more important than the health and well-being of our CSC participants, volunteers and staff. We are monitoring recommendations of the Ventura County Public Health Agency and the CDC.
At this time, all CSCVVSB groups and classes remain active as scheduled at our Westlake Village and other locations. However, if you are not feeling well from any illness, we ask that you refrain from coming into the CSCVVSB facility or joining other CSCVVSB programs.
At the CSCVVSB facility we are practicing regular sanitizing of common spaces and hand sanitizer is available for all attendees. We encourage our participants to become familiar with the CDC and Ventura County Health Care Agency recommendations. Their websites are listed below along with the preventive recommendations from the CDC site.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Thank you for your partnership in this effort.