Public Health Guidelines Regarding COVID-19
Updated: Mar 27
With this important post, the Compton Chamber of Commerce would like to address Public Health recommendations to protect our community regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
GUIDANCE FOR PEOPLE AT HIGHER RISK FOR SEVERE COVID-19 ILLNESS
Public Health recommends that people at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. This includes concert venues, conventions, sporting events, and crowded social gatherings.
People at higher risk include people:
Over 60 years of age with underlying health conditions including include heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes with weakened immune systems
who are pregnant
Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home.
Anyone who has questions about whether their condition puts them at risk for novel coronavirus should consult with their healthcare providers.
GUIDANCE FOR WORKPLACES AND BUSINESSES
Employers should take steps to make it more feasible for their employees to work in ways that minimize close contact with large numbers of people.
Maximize telecommuting options for as many employees as possible.
Urge employees to stay home when they are sick and maximize flexibility in sick leave benefits.
Consider staggering start and end times to reduce large numbers of people coming together at the same time.
DIRECTIVES FOR LARGE EVENTS AND GATHERINGS
For all practical purposes, an "event" is a gathering for business, social, or recreational activities including, but not limited to, community, civic, public, leisure, or sporting events; parades; concerts; festivals; conventions; fundraisers; and similar activities.
As a thumb of rule, events with more than 250 attendees are prohibited. Public events with fewer than 250 attendees are also prohibited, unless event organizers can take following steps to minimize risk:
Urge anyone who is sick, aged 60 years old and older, and people with medical conditions not to attend.
Find ways to give people more physical space so that they aren't in close contact as much as possible.
Screen employees and/or volunteers for symptoms.
Make sure people can wash their hands with soap and water or sanitizer.
Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily or more frequently.
GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOLS
The City of Compton, and the Compton Unified School District is not recommending closing schools at this time unless there has been confirmed cases in our schools. The reason is because children have not been shown to be the highest risk group for serious illness from this virus. In addition, when some schools briefly closed during the H1N1 influenza pandemic, we learned that many children still gathered in group settings and still had exposure to one another. As much as possible, children should be allowed to carry on with their education and normal activities. The City of Compton also respects an individual school’s decisions about closures or postponement of activities as each school knows the needs of their community best. Some children have underlying health conditions, such as weakened immune systems, that put them at higher risk. Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with healthcare providers about whether their children should stay home.
PEOPLE WHO ARE SICK
Stay home when you are sick. Do not go out in public when you are sick. Avoid medical settings in general unless necessary. If you are ill in any way call your doctor's office first before going in.
GUIDELINES FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Even if you are not ill, avoid visiting hospitals, long term care facilities or nursing homes to the extent possible. If you do need to visit one of these facilities limit your time there and keep 6 feet away from patients.
Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your regular doctor first.
Stay home when sick.
Practice excellent personal hygiene habits, including washing your hands with soap and water frequently, coughing into a tissue or your elbow, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are at higher risk for coronavirus.
Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects (like doorknobs and light switches). Regular household cleaners are effective.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you've just washed your hands.
Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress to keep your immunity strong.
Stay informed. Information is changing frequently. Check CDC website frequently.