** HIGHLIGHTS ON COVID-19 **
** IN THE SPOTLIGHT **
** UPDATES **
COVID-19 – Risk Chart
COVID-19 – Risk Factors Matter:
It is important to learn about risk factors for severe COVID-19 illness because it can help you. People with risk factors may be more likely to need hospitalization or intensive care if they have COVID-19, or they may be more likely to die of the infection.
- Take precautions as you go about your daily life and attend events.
- Better understand how a medical condition could affect your own health if you get sick with COVID-19.
- Anticipate medical treatment that you might need if you get sick.
- Reduce your risk for severe COVID-19 illness by managing any conditions you have that are risk factors.
Know how it spreads:
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
- It’s especially important to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Inside your home: Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
- Outside your home: Put 6 feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
- Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
- Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
- Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others:
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
- The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
- Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
- Masks should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- Do NOT use a mask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
- Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.
Cover coughs and sneezes:
- Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
- This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
Monitor Your Health Daily:
- Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- Take your temperature if symptoms develop.
- Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
About the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which is a national public health institute in the United States. It is a United States federal agency, under the Department of Health and Human Services, and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
Lisa & Cheyenne
CHEYENNE IN THE SPOTLIGHT
For us at SCS: I would like to say about Cheyenne that she has put in the work. Her strongest asset is her grit. She doesn’t take no as an answer when she wants something and she has determination. She is a survivor of so many things. During this past year or so, she has learned to deal with her anger in a healthy way. She has given birth to her first born child, while walking off a SIP (state intermediate punishment) sentence. Cheyenne also made the huge accomplishment of getting her driver’s license. She is all about doing the right thing today, and not the easy thing, which is the largest of her accomplishments. WAY TO GO CHEYENNE!!! We love you and are so proud of you!!!
FROM Cheyenne H:
I want to take this time to let everyone know that SCS (Sound Community Solutions) has had a big impact on my life today. I started with them in 2016 looking for guidance. Someone to understand me, that has had the same experience as I have lived, within my addiction. I came across this program that mentors ex-offenders and help them change their lives. At first I struggled and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to change, and I still have trust issues. I let my wall down with them and I can honestly say the people there are amazing! They truly care about you and love you. I left in 2016 and I went back to jail. While I was incarcerated, they still kept in contact with me and helped me through my prison time. I came back to Harrisburg in 2018 and got a new mentor named Lisa, and when I say she is amazing, she goes above and beyond to help! She truly cares about her mentees and will do anything to see us succeed as well as the other mentors at SCS. I’m so grateful today to have this program in my life. They guide you to succeed. They understand fully what it is to fight addiction not only are they mentors they are family. Whenever I speak to someone who I think needs guidance and to feel loved I send them to SCS because in my eyes they are the best! They help you fight your addiction! They speak the truth! They have different programs to help you with the court system. I had a lot of anger built inside of me through past abuse. SCS put me in their anger management classes and let me get all my anger out and just listened to me, and taught me ways to control my anger and how to defeat my inner demons. They will fight for you if you’re willing to turn your life around and because of them today I am successful! I fought my demons and I had set backs. I left and came back and yet they are still here today in my life and I couldn’t thank them enough. Cheyenne H. (Mentee)
Individual & Family Services
Families today are being torn apart by various pressures, life controlling problems and circumstantial and societal issues. More and more people are responding to these negatives in ways that are inappropriate and harmful to themselves and others.
For years, SCS has conducted groups and individual sessions addressing domestic violence, anger management and addiction. Many participants are sent through the courts or from Child Protective Services, and Parole. In an effort to further serve the community, SCS is expanding our vision for “healthy families / healthy communities” to the counties where we have offices for mentoring, through our contract with state parole.
SCS provides one on one mentoring services in 10 PA counties, from Philadelphia to Blair. Citizens returning to society from prison can request a referral to SCS to be mentored by a successful ex – offender. The goal is to reduce the number of people returning to prison. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve this segment of the population, for the good of the entire community and the families involved.
Besides mentoring, many of these areas are under served in needed programs and initiatives that are readily available in larger cities. With the creation of our Individual & Family Services Department, we will be able to provide these other services in each of those counties, with the addition of a parenting class for those complying with a court order or just wanting the class for themselves.
All of our groups are evidence based and our instructors and facilitators are trained locally to service their own population. We are very pleased and excited to announce this expansion, and look forward to the challenge ahead. It’s well worth the effort!
Domestic Violence Group started in Adams County
SCS has responded to requests from State Parole in Adams County for Domestic Violence / Anger management groups for their population. The first groups began in October of 2019 and are being held at the HACC Gettysburg Campus.
Participants are referred by parole and attend group discussion as well as one on one sessions with the facilitator. There are 18 sessions to completion. The sessions cover various examples dealing with domestic violence, and the mindset that results in such violence.
An evidence based curriculum along with workbooks and videos help the facilitator to engage the group in meaningful and reflective discussion. The focus is on the use of power and control, contrasted with words and actions promoting equality and adaptability. Often, we have seen people who were initially resistant to the group, come back after completing and receiving their certificates.
We are also looking to introduce the parenting and D&A groups in the area. Our intention, as always, is the promotion of healthy individuals, leading to healthy and safe family environments.