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Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus has been in the news lately. Circumstances suggest that it is likely that this virus will spread.

We want you to know that Fraser leadership is closely tracking this situation. Fraser has responded to similar outbreaks in the past and has tools in place to respond to this situation as it unfolds. It is Fraser policy to follow any guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). We will update clients and staff if there are any changes to standard business operating procedures.

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness with symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can spread from person to person. Risk of infection is dependent upon exposure to those who are infected.

Prevention Measures

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure. Both the CDC and the MDH recommend taking the same precautions recommended for avoiding colds and flu:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water is not readily available for hand washing, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • At this point, the CDC does not recommend the use of facemasks as a preventive measure. Facemasks are typically used to prevent spread of diseases from infected individuals to health care workers or others who are in close contact with them.
  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19; however, research is underway.
  • If you plan to travel, check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel and notify your supervisor prior to your departure and upon your return. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel
Stay Informed!

Visit the MDH and CDC websites often.

General updates are available on the CDC’s web page at http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV. For additional guidance regarding how to prepare for a potential outbreak, please refer to the Department of Homeland Security website at https://www.Ready.gov. For Minnesota information, refer to the Minnesota Department of Health website at https://www.health.state.mn.us.