Dear WI Heights Families,
I wanted to share a couple updates about how things are looking in WI and some new recommendations and initiatives that have recently been announced.
It’s disheartening to see the number of cases of COVID-19 continue to rise but there are encouraging signs in the data. The concern with epidemics is an exponential growth, where the numbers double every day. We are seeing a linear growth in WI over the past couple weeks, the numbers have grown by about the same amount each day. That’s encouraging and shows that what we are doing is working! However, we still need to continue our social distancing and make sure we are following Governor Evers’ Safer at Home Order. We know these are tough times, and that having your kids get together with other kids brings a sense of comfort (and gives you a break too)! However, it’s extremely important that you and your family maintain physical distance from other people who live outside of your home. Do not host play dates, meet up at the park, or let your children hang out with their friends during the day, evening, or on the weekends.
The CDC is now recommending people wear cloth masks in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult (this is voluntary). You do not need to wear one in your home or if you go out for a walk, only if you go to a public setting (grocery store, pharmacy, etc). Please do not use medical masks (surgical or N95) if you have them please give them to health care providers where they are urgently needed.
Face mask tips
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds before you put on your mask and after you take it off.
- Your mask should fit snugly but comfortably on the side of the face
- When you take your mask off only touch what you need to to take it off
- Wash and dry it after every use (wash it in your washing machine)
- Masks can shift or get itchy, you need to be careful not to touch your face!
- Masks often give the user a sense of security. Still practice all the social distancing measures, stay 6ft away, wash hands, disinfect, etc. Masks do not replace those measures; they are just an added piece to protect the community.
Resilient WI Initiative
Last week Governor Evers announced the resilient WI initiative. With the stressors and health challenges inherent in the COVID-19 pandemic, this initiative will help to provide Wisconsinites with tools to build resiliency. The resilient WI site has tools to encourage self-care, maintain social connections, and reduce stress.
211- United Way
211 can connect you to community resources like food, housing and many more. If you are in need of resources they have connections to thousands of nonprofits and government groups that can help meet your needs.
It is encouraging that the effort we are all putting in to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19 appears to be working. However, this virus has challenged us all in many different ways. Adapting to working and learning at home while also facing a variety of other challenges has been tough. If you are struggling during this time I hope this information and these resources can help. If you have other needs please reach out to the district we have staff that can try to connect you to resources. With all the information on COVID-19 out there if you are feeling overwhelmed and have questions please do not hesitate to ask, I will do my best to answer your questions. Stay healthy, stay safe, stay home.
Katy Howe, RN, MPH