COVID-19 Information Center
for Patients & Community Members
As your local home health and hospice care provider, we care deeply about the health and well-being of our community. Since the beginning of the pandemic, our staff received guidance and education in following the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations to ensure both staff and patient safety, and we continue to follow their guidelines. Our staff and volunteers are fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine (if not medically exempt) and received the Flu vaccine during Flu season.
If you have not done so already, Cornerstone VNA encourages you to get a COVID-19 vaccine. It is one of the most important things you can do to help protect yourself and your loved ones.
There are many places where you can get vaccinated, and it is 100% free:
- Visit www.vaccines.gov or www.vacunas.gov to find vaccines near you.
- Text your zip code to 438829 (GETVAX) or 822862 (VACUNA) or call 800-232-0233 for locations.
- Call your local pharmacy or visit your local health department website.
Please remember to get your information from valid, reputable sources such as the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO) or your State’s Information website.
If you have any questions, you can contact our office at 800-691-1133.
Monkeypox spreads in a few ways.
- Monkeypox can spread to anyone through close, personal, often skin-to-skin contact, including:
- Direct contact with monkeypox rash, scabs, or body fluids from a person with monkeypox.
- Touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.
- Contact with respiratory secretions.
- This direct contact can happen during intimate contact, including:
- Oral, anal, and vaginal sex or touching the genitals (penis, testicles, labia, and vagina) or anus (butthole) of a person with monkeypox.
- Hugging, massage, and kissing.
- Prolonged face-to-face contact.
- Touching fabrics and objects during sex that were used by a person with monkeypox and that have not been disinfected, such as bedding, towels, fetish gear, and sex toys.
- A pregnant person can spread the virus to their fetus through the placenta.
It’s also possible for people to get monkeypox from infected animals, either by being scratched or bitten by the animal or by preparing or eating meat or using products from an infected animal.
A person with monkeypox can spread it to others from the time symptoms start until the rash has fully healed and a fresh layer of skin has formed. The illness typically lasts 2-4 weeks.
Scientists are still researching
- if the virus can be spread when someone has no symptoms,
- how often monkeypox is spread through respiratory secretions, or when a person with monkeypox symptoms might be more likely to spread the virus through respiratory secretions,
- whether monkeypox can be spread through semen, vaginal fluids, urine, or feces.
EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis)
Mosquito-Borne Illnesses – New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a rare but serious virus spread by the bite of a mosquito with the disease, and has more severe symptoms than West Nile Virus (WNV). EEE is an arbovirus (short for arthropod-borne, meaning spread by insects). Birds are the source of infection for mosquitoes, which can sometimes spread the infection to horses, other animals, and, in rare cases, people.
Learn more at: www.dhhs.nh.gov
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at higher risk of serious flu complications. There are two main types of influenza (flu) viruses: Types A and B.
Check out these videos with CDC’s Dr. Abby Carlson to learn the basic ideas behind infection control, how they work to prevent COVID-19, and how using infection control actions while you’re at work can protect you, your patients, your coworkers and your community.
Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant - EPZ Preparedness Information
The Seabrook Station Nuclear Power Plant is located in Seabrook, New Hampshire. The area that is approximately 10 miles around the plant is called the Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ). New Hampshire communities in the EPZ are: Brentwood, East Kingston, Exeter, Greenland, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Kingston, New Castle, Newfields, Newton, North Hampton, Portsmouth, Rye, Seabrook, South Hampton and Stratham.
People that live, work, or vacation within the 10 mile EPZ should be prepared for an emergency at the plant and be familiar with the EPZ’s emergency plans and procedures. More information at the link below: