From: Samuel A Rittner, III, Safety Officer Citizens Fire Company No. 1 of Highspire, PA
cc: Mark Stonbraker, Borough of Highspire Public Safety Director
Date: March 14, 2020—To be implemented immediately and for a time frame of: Until further notice
Re: Precautions and Actions to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as other Viruses.
This memo is to inform you of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)—what it is and what its signs and symptoms are, as well as the precautions and actions that the Citizens Fire Company No. 1 of Highspire, PA (HFD) are and will be taking to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as well as other Viruses.
What is COVID-19 and how does it spread?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person; it is also known as Coronavirus. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19 and what are the severe complications from it?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
• shortness of breath
The most common sever complications from COVID-19 are:
• pneumonia in both lungs,
• multi-organ failure, (Rare—most likely infants, the unhealthy elderly and those that are immunocompromised)
• and in some cases, death (Rare—most likely infants, the unhealthy elderly and those that are immunocompromised)
What can we do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and Other Viruses and what to do if we are sick?
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and Other Viruses:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
If you are sick or experience any of the Signs/Symptoms listed above:
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
What am I asking of the Firefighters, Fire Police, Administration Members, Social Members, and the General Community At Large?
I am kindly asking that if you are, or anyone in your immediate
household is, experiencing any of the signs/symptoms listed above, or if
you/they have recently traveled abroad, or take care of someone with a
known or suspected case of COVID-19 or Other Virus, please:
• Refrain from coming to the Firehouse for any reason—if you are the general public and you have questions or need non-emergency assistance please call 717-939-5111 and leave a message and we will be pleased to get back to you and assist you as best we can—if there is an emergency, please Call 911.
• If you are a member of the HFD please refrain from coming to the Firehouse for any reason—this includes running calls—if you have a Doctors note that states you are ill you will be given credit for functions and events and if you are a Firefighter or Fire Police missed calls won’t be held against you.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during these times.
Samuel A Rittner, III, Safety Officer.
HELP US FIND YOU FASTER
Purchase a reflective address sign for the front of your house or mailbox.
By making your address more visible
Emergency Responders will be able to locate the emergency faster!
Order forms are available at the firehouse.
For more information call (717) 939-5111