Community Resources for COVID-19
Resources for Parents
Numbers to Call
- Lancaster County Health Department Hotline for self-reporting, guidance and next steps: (402) 441-8006 – (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
- Department of Health and Human Services Information Line for general questions and information on available resources: (402) 552-6645 – (8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week)
Websites to visit
The Centers for Disease Control has a webpage dedicated to COVID-19. At this site, you can find information for travelers, answers to frequently asked questions, what to do when sick, how to prevent the spread of the virus, and more.
As parents, you might like resources about how to talk with children about COVID-19. The National Association of School Psychologists has talking points on their website.
The World Health Organization (WHO) also has information for parents on their website.
The Department of Health and Human Services updates their webpage daily with a count of the cases of COVID-19 in the state.
Ways to protect yourself and your family
Everyone is asked to monitor themselves for the symptoms of coronavirus (fever, difficulty breathing and cough). We need to be vigilant in watching our own health and symptoms so that we don’t end up spreading the virus to others.
“A quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to (or thought to be exposed to) a contagious disease to see if they become sick.” (From the CDC’s page about quarantine and isolation: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/quarantineisolation.html). I was informed by a Lancaster County Health Department official last night that symptoms can appear in as few as 2 days, the average is 5-7 days, but can appear as late as 14 days. If you have heard about the 14 day quarantine with COVID-19, that is where the number is coming from. A person who is quarantined is asked to stay home as much as possible for the 14 days and limit your contact with others.
A person who has active symptoms and/or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 should isolate him/herself in a single room with very limited contact with family (see above link on “what to do if you are sick”).
An Act of Spiritual Communion
by St. Alphonsus Liguoir (A.D. 1696-1787)
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.