Yes, it's another Covid babble.
I want to thank everyone for going back to the mask requirement. I had so hoped that wouldn't be necessary, but it's gotten to the point here in Labette County that we simply had to.
So, another request, well, plea really. Please go get tested for Covid-19 if you have any fever, or respiratory issue, or any remotely Covid like symptom. That, and vaccinations, are the way we're going to keep staff and clients safe. I know allergies are bad this time of year, but the simple truth is we're in a new world this summer, one where we can't trust our sense of "oh it's just allergies" or a summer cold or what have you. When I had Covid last November, my only, first symptom was a cough. The truth is, the reason I went and got tested is because I would have told any of you to go get tested. I had no thought at all that I had Covid. I had been diligent in wearing a mask, washed my hands all the time, and hadn't been contacted by anyone that I'd been exposed in any way. There was no one more surprised than I was when the result came back positive. One of the few bright spots during the 3 weeks I was ill with Covid was that I had been tested quickly, which helped me minimize how many people I exposed. This is a time when we need to be erring on the side of over testing (if that is possible), not searching for reasons to not, or at least delay it. Labette Health's Fever Clinic, or Bowen Pharmacy, are two places you can be tested (that's not an exhaustive list).
On the subject of quarantine and isolation if you're exposed to someone who is positive for Covid-19, there is a big difference between those who are fully vaccinated, and those who are not. For fully vaccinated people exposed, if they are FULLY VACCINATED, and have NO SYMPTOMS, they can continue to come to work and go about their life, provided they keep their mask on while at work. They can then go get tested 3-5 days after the exposure, and, if the test is negative, they're in the clear for that situation. For unvaccinated people, if they are exposed, they need to quarantine themselves at home until they get that negative test result after 3-5 days of the exposure. That's a big difference. You also need to know that the federal law regarding special leave related to Covid-19 ended at the end of 2020. What that means is that now, absence from work from Covid-19 is treated the same as any other leave situation. So, if you're looking for additional motivation as far as becoming vaccinated, this is an additional reason. A reminder; we're hosting a vaccine clinic tomorrow. If you'd like to get vaccinated then, there's still time to get enrolled. You would do that by contacting Monica.
So, to end this babble, I know this sucks folks. And I'm sorry we're back to this again. However, we are. This will get better, but until it does, this is what we have to do. My sincere thanks to all of you.