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I’m At–Risk for COVID-19. How Do Older Adults Get Care, and Stay Safe?

While weall wishthere was a solution to putanend toCOVID-19, wearebest served to begin adjusting ourbehaviors, expectations andlifestyletoacknowledge thispandemic will take time to manage andresolve. As we shift to a longer-term acceptance of our new reality,many[...]

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Bouncing and Playing in the Backyard, Safely

The school year is ending and many summer camps and childcare programs remain closed prompting families to get creative in the way they entertain their children. Home playsets, trampolines, bounce houses, and public playgrounds are popular ways to keep kids moving.As I see more and moreof thesepopping upinbackyards,[...]

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Welcome Back: We’ve Got You Covered

Thank you. As members of the community, you’vedone a remarkable job evolving with the many swift changes across our homes, businesses, schools and health care facilities. This collective action yoursacrifice has allowedour communitiesto flatten the curve and avoid a devastating surge to our heal[...]

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Going stir-crazy? Ideas for low-risk outdoor activities

Our bodies, young or old, need to move. It’s tempting during this time of important social isolation and Stay at Home order to sit on the couch and watch a screen. It’s also important to keep our bodies active, even while remaining safely six feet apart. Under the current stay at home orders, you are allowed outside to exercise and d[...]

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Telehealth Got Him the Care He Needed

In early April Clayton K. Trimm of North Lawrence, was facing a dilemma. Clayton, 76, was doing what he could to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections — staying home, limiting contact with others and keeping himself and his family safe and healthy. Like others during the ongoing pandemic, however, Clayton found himself fa[...]

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What You Need to Know about Telehealth

Did you know that Alice Hyde Medical Center currently has 22 providers in its telehealth program? These providers are connecting with patients remotely, using technology that can help members of our community get the health care services they need to stay healthy, manage chronic conditions, or get the help they need for emerging medical needs.</[...]

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Soap vs. Sanitizer?

The run on sanitizer makes it clear that people think alcohol cleansers are better than simple soap and water. In the case of COVID-19 this is wrong. Why? Washing with soap and water actually washes dirt or particles away alcohol based sanitizers just spread things around and relies on alcohol to[...]

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Advice from an Infectious Disease Physician on COVID-19: Act Like You Have It

By: Wouter Rietsema, MD - CVPH VP of Population Health & Information Services, Infectious Disease Specialist

As an Infectious Disease Physician and Hospital Administrator, over the past several weeks I have been touting the many ways people can help protect themselves from COVID-19 hand-washing, avoid touching your face, social distancing. And then it hit me. A better way to look at stopping the spread of the virus is to act like yo[...]

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Talking to Your Children about COVID-19

It feels like the COVID-19 virus has turned our world upside down. Schools are closed, leaving teachers across our region teaching their lessons in front of a computer or smartphone instead of a classroom. Restaurants are only offering take-out or delivery. There are even digital signs on the highway telling us to stay home. As a regio[...]

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