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CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concernexternal icon” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19. On March 11, 2020 WHO publiclyexternal icon characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic.
Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
*Shortness of Breath
What should I do if i get sick?
* Stay home until your fever has been gone for at least 24 HOURS unless you experience significant symptoms, then contact
your medical provider before you seek care.
* Limit your contact with others in your household if at all possible. If possible, limit the number of people who provide you
care within the home so you don't expose them.
* Mose cases of coronavirus will be mild and you will recover without medical care. If you have persistent fever, high fever
have underling medical conditions contact your medical care provider. If you have symptoms of coronavirus contact your
medical provider before seeking care. If you don't notify them before arriving at the clinic or hospital immediately grab a
mask and let the intake staff know your concern so that you don't potentially expose others while waiting to be seen.
How do I get tested for coronavirus?
If a person has respiratory issues, TCPH advice is to contact a physician or an urgent care or other medical facility and get
tested for the flu or other viral illnesses first. If your doctor or medical professional determines that, based on your symptoms
and travel history that a COVID-19 test is needed, specimens will be taken and sent to a lab for testing.
The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions
you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses,
CITY OF LAREDO
The City of Laredo has opened a COVID-19 Hotline for residents to ask questions about the virus. The hotline is available in
English and Spanish, 24/7 - (956) 795-4954.
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Source and Spread of the Virus
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in people and many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2).
The SARS-CoV-2 virus is a betacoronavirus, like MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. All three of these viruses have their origins in bats. The sequences from U.S. patients are similar to the one that China initially posted, suggesting a likely single, recent emergence of this virus from an animal reservoir.
Early on, many of the patients at the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Later, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread. Person-to-person spread was subsequently reported outside Hubei and in countries outside China, including in the United States. Some international destinations now have apparent community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19, as do some parts of the United States. Community spread means some people have been infected and it is not known how or where they became exposed. Learn what is known about the spread of this newly emerged coronaviruses.
Clean your hands often
•Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
•If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
•Avoid close contact with people who are sick
•Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Stay home if you’re sick
•Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Cover coughs and sneezes
•Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
•Throw used tissues in the trash.
•Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
•If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
•If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
•Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
•If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.
•Diluting your household bleach.
To make a bleach solution, mix: ◦5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water
Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.
Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
•Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
What is the Economic Injury Disaster Loan?
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) granted Texas' Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance declaration, making loans available statewide to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
1. Corporate governance docutment; e.g., Articles of Incorporation, Articles of Organization (for LLC). or Registration of Sole
2. Written statement justifying the nature and scope of economic injury and how/why nature of business was adversely
impacted by the Coronavirus (one page/no more than two), such as loss of revenues, cancelled contracts, interrupted
supply chain, etc., that resulted in economic injury
3. Current Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable Aging as of date of filing for the loan
4. Three (3) years’ 1040 Federal Income Tax Returns for the business & owners
5. Three (3) years’ company FYE Income Statement and Balance Sheet and latest YTD Financial Statements (Company
prepared is acceptable)
6. Company and Owners’ Debt Schedule Tables [e.g., Lender, original loan amt., date, current balance, interest rate, collateral,
purpose of loan, guarantors, status (e.g., current or past due with explanation) per row in table]
7. Monthly two (2) years’ cash flow projections
8. Three (3) years’ Monthly Sales History up to date of filing for loan
9. Current copies of owners’ credit reports from the three (3) credit bureaus with explanations for any negative reports
10. Required SBA Forms:
• IRS Form 4506-T
• Personal Financial Statement (SBA Form 413)
• Schedule of Liabilities & Fixed Assets (SBA Form 2202)
• Monthly Sales (SBA Form 1368)
• Home Loan (SBA Form 5c), if applicable
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