What to do if you have come in to close contact with someone who later tested positive for the COVID 19 or if you start to experience the common symptoms of the illness.
The Yurok Incident Command team has put together a general guide for what to do if you believe you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID 19 or if you begin feeling the common symptoms of the virus, such as a temperature, cough and /or difficulty breathing. First, we need to go over what public health professionals mean when they say close contact.
Examples of what counts as close contact?
• You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID 19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
• You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID 19
• You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
• You shared eating or drinking utensils
• They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best first action you can take if you have been in close contact to someone with COVID 19 is to self quarantine for a minimum of 14 days after the interaction , since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Even if you haven’t experienced any symptoms whatsoever, it is not safe to leave the home until the two weeks is up. Asymptomatic individuals can transmit the disease. Please monitor yourself for a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath. If you need assistance, please call the Yurok
COVID 19 Hotline number, which is 1 888 225 8952 Your identity will remain confidential. Tips for quarantining /isolating in a full house can be found at the bottom of this document.
Even if you don’t have any symptoms, stay home and monitor your health for minimum of 14 days
• Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID 19
• Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID 19
• The elderly and those with existing medical conditions are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID 19
• It is safe to end the quarantine after 14 days if you do not experience any symptoms during this time period.
• Most people do not require testing to decide when they can be around others; however, if your healthcare provider recommends testing, they will let you know when you can resume being around others based on your test results.
If within the two week quarantine period, you experience a temperature , a scratchy throat or difficulty breathing, please immediately contact your primary care provider to schedule a COVID 19 test Stay home except to acquire medical attention If you are need of assistance, please call the Yurok Public Health Officer at 1 888 225 8952 If you live with others, please isolate yourself as much as possible in the home . See below Tips for isolating/quarantining in a full house.
Local COVID-19 test options
There are multiple testing options in Humboldt, Del Norte and Trinity Counties.
The local tribal healthcare providers, such as United Indian Health Services and K’ima:w Medical Center, are currently offering free testing symptomatic individuals. Del Norte, Humboldt and Trinity Counties are providing free tests for non symptomatic individuals. For additional information about testing in your area, please see the following links:
• https://www.covid19.dnco. org/testing
• https://humboldtgov.org/2787/COVID Test Registration