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March 14, 2020

Friends and neighbors of the Chippewa Fire Department,

We realize and understand that the strain of Coronavirus called Covid-19 is a major concern. We are enhancing our training and procedures for our first responders so that they can keep themselves safe while responding to those in need.

We urge you to heed the precautions set forth by authorities but, be wary of the many myths that have also developed.

The best prevention starts with proper education. The most reliable resources for correct and up to date information are the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). We urge you to check out their websites (www.cdc.gov and www.who.idt) and learn directly from the people on the front lines, the true facts of this virus and receive up to date, true information.

Most importantly, DO NOT PANIC! This is a serious situation, however, it is important to understand that all of the postponements of major league sports and concerts, all of the restrictions, all of the school closings, these are NOT signs of imminent danger. These are precautionary measures put into place in an effort to slow the spread of the virus while research for valid treatment is sought out and developed.

In the mean time, please utilize the recommended safety precautions:

~ Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly (at least 20-30 seconds).

~ Do not touch your face. Limit social interaction, especially in large groups and try to stay six feet away.

~ Clean and sanitize all areas of contact. Especially those of shared contact such as door handles.

Those that have immune deficiencies or respiratory illnesses and the elderly are at the most risk.

Know the symptoms:

Fever
Runny nose
Dry cough
Shortness of breath

The symptoms are very similar to the common cold, allergies or flu. But as stated before, DO NOT PANIC! If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms and you do not know anyone that has been infected by the virus or otherwise meet any of the other many perimeters in which it is possible to contract the virus, don’t panic. Contact your physician, preferably by phone or other electronic avenues and follow their directives. It is important to remember that the flu season is nearing its peak in our area and the initial symptoms are very similar.

If you have recently been in an area or situation where it is known that you could have possibly been exposed to the virus and you start to exhibit symptoms, immediately isolate yourself and call for immediate medical attention. If emergency transport or response is needed, make sure you inform those responding that you may have been exposed prior to them entering the area you are in.

Help us help you by maximizing prevention and minimizing exposure.


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