- COVID-19 was first reported among close contacts of returned travelers from Wuhan, China.
- During the Week of February 23, CDC reported community spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 in California, Oregon and Washington.
- Washington was the first death in the US from COVID-19 as well as the first potential outbreak in a long-term care facility.
- In the US there have only been: 12 travel related confirmed cases, and 4 confirmed person-to-person spread cases for a total of 16 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US.
- In comparison Influenza in the US has caused: 29 million ill patients, 280,000 hospitalizations, and at least 16,000 deaths.
Current Coronavirus Risk Assessment:
- For the general American public, who are unlikely to be exposed to the virus at this time, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered LOW
- People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated though still relatively low risk of exposure.
Assessment and evaluation of the Holy Spirit Community and Employees’ risk for contact with COVID-19 continues daily. Prevention and preparation are consistently being evaluated and will be acted upon in accordance with the CDC and Department of Public Health recommendations.
Please refer to the CDC website for more information.