According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they are monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The virus has crossed China’s borders and cases have been identified internationally, including in the United States.
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation and the CDC will provide updated information as it becomes available. The CDC is the primary source to obtain accurate information regarding this illness.
The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation strongly encourages everyone to review the following links for more information:
According to the CDC, the immediate health risk to the general public from 2019-nCoV is considered low risk at this time. While the virus is not spreading in the United States at this time, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed. There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, in general, and include:
– 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. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:
– Stay home.
– Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and dispose of it in the trash.
– Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
For anyone in the Prairie Band Potawatomi Community who may have questions or feel that they need to seek medical treatment for possible infection:
– Call the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Health Center at 785-966-8220 first.
– Tell them about your travel and your symptoms.
– Staff can provide instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness.