This week Anne Arundel County Health Officer Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman discusses:
- COVID-19 Update
- Coping Tips
Welcome to our weekly health update. Today we’ll provide a COVID-19 status update, talk about schools and share some tips on coping with COVID.
Over the past week our case rate has been slowly going up and is now at 10. As the weather gets cooler, people are moving indoors and that increases the chances of spread. It’s important to make sure that if you have symptoms of the cold, flu or COVID, that you get tested. And make sure to stay home if you have symptoms, even if your COVID test is negative.
Now let’s talk about school. Getting kids back into school is one of the most important things we can do. To help get kids back, we’ve shared guidance with the school system, and the public, that focuses on four main areas:
• the case rates at which different grades can go back to school
• how we’ll provide COVID testing for students, families and staff
• how we do contact tracing, and
• what happens if there’s a case of COVID in school
Over the coming weeks and months we’ll continue partnering with the school system as they work through their plans for how to safely bring students and staff back.
Our Health Tip of The Week
Let’s talk about ways to cope with COVID. This pandemic has been going on for seven months and is still going. Nothing about this is easy. There are a few things you can do to cope during this time:
• Take care of your body by getting plenty of sleep, getting exercise and eating healthy.
• Make time to connect with friends and family.
• Take breaks from the news. Continuously hearing upsetting information can be stressful.
• Make time to unwind by doing something you enjoy.
• And remember, if you’re struggling, call the County Warmline at 410-768-5522 to talk to someone who can help.
Remember, stay safe, be kind to yourself and others, and mask up. We’ll see you next week.