Orange Visiting Nurse Association
CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) OVERVIEW AND GENERAL INFORMATION
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand. On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization named the disease coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated COVID-19. COVID-19 illnesses, most of them associated with travel from Wuhan, also are being reported in a growing number of international locations, including the United States. Imported cases of COVID-19 in travelers have been detected in the U.S. Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 also has been seen among close contracts of returned travelers from Wuhan, but at this time, this virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States.
In Connecticut and throughout the world, influenza (flu) activity is high. Unless you have traveled to or from Wuhan, China, or been in close contact with a confirmed infected person for a prolonged period of time, it is likely that symptoms you experience are caused by the flu. The CDC encourages all people aged 6 months and older to be vaccinated. It is not too late to get vaccinated for the flu. Check with your healthcare provider, call your local health department, or visit the HealthMap Vaccine Finder (adults) for availability of flu vaccinations.
THE ORANGE VNA STILL HAS THE FLU VACCINE ON HAND - PLEASE CALL AHEAD AND WE WILL GLADLY PROVIDE YOU WITH THE FLU VACCINE.
Tips for preventing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. Person-to-person spread of the virus is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Much is still unknown about how the virus spreads. Take these everyday preventative actions to help stop the spread of germs.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The Orange Visiting Nurses Association, founded in 1937, is an "official" agency of the Town of Orange. Prior to 1987, it was known as the Orange Public Health Nursing Service. It is licensed by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health as a full service Home Health Agency and is certified by Medicare and Medicaid. The Orange VNA is a member of the Connecticut Association for Home Health Care (CAHC). The agency provides comprehensive home health care services as well as health promotion, health education and school health programs to the residents of Orange.
The OVNA provides skilled nursing; physical, occupational and speech therapy; medical social services; and home health aides to the homebound residents of Orange, Milford, West Haven and Woodbridge. Nutritional counseling is also available which will be provided by a registered dietitian. School health services are provided to the Orange elementary schools.
Blood Pressure Screenings are offered on the third Thursday of every month at the OVNA office in the Clark Building (former library), from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. This offers residents an opportunity to have their blood pressure monitored or to receive information and/or counseling on health-related matters. These sessions are conducted by a Registered Nurse (RN) and/or a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), screenings are free and no appointment is necessary. In addition, "Health Chats" are being held throughout the year at the Orange Senior Center. Check their bulletins for dates and times.
The OVNA also conducts flu vaccination clinics in the fall. The OVNA has health information on a variety of topics and staff members are available to speak before community groups.
The School Health Program for the Town's four elementary schools is also under the direction of the Orange VNA. A Registered Nurse is assigned full-time to each of these schools. Amy Wargo, RN is the School Nurse Supervisor for each of the four elementary Schools in the Town of Orange.