Woodstock Emergency Services regarding the COVID-19 outbreak for area residents.
Best practices to prevent getting sick
Infromation provided from www.healthvermont.gov
Coronavirus spreads easily from person to person. It travels through the air when a sick person breathes, talks, coughs or sneezes. One way to contain the spread of COVID-19 is to stop people from sharing it. Without a vaccine or treatment, we can help contain the virus by staying at least six feet apart from one another. This means limiting the number of times you physically interact with other people. It will make an enormous difference if people follow social distancing guidelines:
- Avoid any activities that put you close to other people, like social gatherings, public transportation and non-essential travel.
- Limit contact with family members and friends who are sick. This includes anyone who has symptoms of a cold, flu or contagious stomach illnesses.
- Adults and children should wash hands every time you go inside, before you eat, and before you spend time with people who are more vulnerable to effects of COVID-19
Additional information offered from the Woodstock Emergency Management Committee - March 18, 2020
Keeping Woodstock Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Concerned about COVID-19 (aka coronavirus)? Unsure of who to call if you have questions? Woodstock’s Emergency Management Committee has a plan for keeping you and your family both safe and informed.
Below are the answers to your most pressing questions:
What should I do if a member of my family or I don’t feel well?
The CDC has laid out clear and easy follow guidelines for people to follow when they’re not feeling well. First and foremost, call your doctor if you believe you or a family member may have been exposed to COVID-19, or are experiencing any of the telltale symptoms: fever, cough, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
It’s important to call your doctor first to get specific instructions. Simply showing up at their office or at an urgent care facility prevents them from taking steps to protect themselves and the other patients.
More Information for the state of Vermont’s COVID-19 latest info visit: www.healthvermont.gov
What if I need to self-isolate and don’t have food or necessary supplies?
Woodstock Emergency Management is here to help support you and your family if you need to self-isolate.
To request assistance, call 802-457-7516. This line is answered 24/7.
What assistance is available to me if I need to self-isolate?
Woodstock Emergency Management will arrange for you to receive:
- Food and water
- Necessary medications
- Financial assistance, if required
How will Woodstock Emergency Management get groceries and medications delivered to me?
When you call 802-457-7516 we will discuss your needs and will assign your request to a volunteer (see below if you wish to volunteer). A volunteer will purchase your items at Macs, or the pharmacy that fills your prescriptions, and deliver them to your front door.
Additionally, the Woodstock Farmers Market is now accepting web-based orders for curb-side pickup. Visit woodstockfarmersmarket.com to place an order. Orders placed between 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM will be available for next-day pickup. A volunteer will pick them up for you.
What can I do to help my neighbors?
Woodstock is a caring community, and many of you are eager to help your neighbors. It’s a good idea to call them every day, especially if they are elderly and live alone. A friendly voice will go a long way in relieving their isolation. Moreover, your daily check ins will help Woodstock Emergency Services ensure they are safe and sound. If you notice a change in their behavior, or they don’t answer their phone or return your calls, call the police department at 802 457 1420.
Additionally, if you plan to go to the grocery or pharmacy and you can offer to pick up any supplies they may need. To maintain social-distancing (keeping a distance of at least 6 feet), you can leave the items you pick up for them at their front door.
What can I do to help our local businesses?
First, consider all that our local businesses are doing to help you and the community around us. Rather than shutting down, local retailers are offering curb-side pickup. See below for ordering and pickup services offered by each establishment. We can’t thank them enough for their efforts.
Best Practices if you need to visit a local establishment.
Maintain social distancing while in their stores. Many have said that they may ask customers to wait outside if there are already customers in their stores. Please follow their instructions.
Follow the CDC’s instructions while in their stores: wash your hands before leaving home, and if possible, use a hand sanitizer prior to entering. Many may have sanitizer available and if they do, please use it. Don’t touch your face, and be sure to sneeze or cough into your elbow, and not your hand (this is very important for store owners, as you’ll use your hand to access their payment equipment and merchandise).
How do I sign up to volunteer?
Woodstock Emergency Management is seeking your help should the need arise. The Town now has a group email for volunteers. Should you wish to offer your services please email Volunteer@townofwoodstock.org and include the following information:
- Your name
- Your phone number
- The neighborhood you live in
- Offer of service (driving, donations for food, shopping or special service you may be able to offer.)
As the needs arise we may contact you specifically or send out an email blast with a request.
Woodstock Food Stores and Restaurants Offering Special Services
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