Garco cares deeply about the health and well-being of our employees and our community. It is important to note that at this point we are still learning about the virus. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person and it has now been confirmed within our region. This is an emerging epidemic and we are monitoring and following the most up-to-date recommendations from the Department of Public Health (DOH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read the CDC Fact Sheet Here.
Common signs of infection include fever and respiratory symptoms, including cough and shortness of breath. If you are infected with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, seek medical attention, stay home except to get medical care, and properly follow company sick leave policies. Your efforts to help minimize exposure to your team and the community are greatly appreciated. Note: Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days or as many as 14 days after exposure to the virus.
The most effective way to stay healthy and minimize the spread of infectious disease is to:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough into your elbow. Throw away any used tissues promptly and wash your hands immediately.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects (cellphones, shared tools, etc.) and surfaces using a household cleaning spray or wipes
- Following CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19
- Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others
- Seattle and King County Public Health Insider: https://publichealthinsider.com/category/novel-coronavirus/
- Spokane Regional Health District: https://srhd.org/personal-preparedness-covid-19
- Washington State Department of Health (WA DOH): https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus
- Public Health – Seattle & King County: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/disease-control/novel-coronavirus.aspx
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html