Let’s Stay Safe and Keep Our
Faith in the Valley Strong
COVID-19 will not divide us as a community. Our faith in the Central Valley is strong and our faith in God is stronger. Together, we can make it through this pandemic and make sure everyone is receiving the necessary care and attention they need—no matter their race, faith or gender.
Coronavirus symptoms and risks
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Coronavirus symptoms include:
- feeling like you have a fever
- a new cough
- shortness of breath
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has more information about COVID-19 symptoms.
Who is most at risk for getting very sick from COVID-19?
Everyone, but some people are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, including:
- people over 65 years old
- people with compromised immune systems
- people with serious chronic medical conditions
Testing and treatment
When should I seek treatment for COVID-19?
Many people are able to recover from COVID-19 at home. Seek treatment if:
- you have difficulty breathing (shortness of breath)
- you feel like symptoms (such as fever and cough) are getting worse rapidly
- you are unable to care for symptoms at home
If you feel any of the above symptoms, call your doctor for a phone evaluation. They will give you guidance on whether or not you should get tested for COVID-19.
What if I feel like I'm coming down with the flu?
The flu is different from a cold, which is gradual. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu will often feel some or all of these symptoms:
- Fever* or feeling feverish/chills
- Sore throat
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Muscle or body aches
- Feeling tired
- Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
*Note: It’s important to note that not everyone with the flu will have a fever.
If you have flu-like symptoms, please:
- Stay at home to recover
- Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds before touching anyone or anything
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Don’t touch your face
- Germs tend to linger. Disinfect door handles, your phone and other surfaces daily.
Staying safe during COVID-19
When should I do if I'm dealing with domestic violence?
Avoiding public spaces and working remotely can help to reduce the spread of COVID-19. But for many survivors, staying home may not be the safest option. We know that any external factors that add stress and financial strain can negatively impact survivors and create circumstances where their safety is further compromised.
If any of the above sound like they may be happening to you or someone you love, here are a few suggestions for survivors that may make this uncertain time feel a little bit safer:
- Create a safety plan
- Practice self-care
- Reach out for help
- For any victims and survivors who need support, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is here for you, 24/7. Call (800) 799-7233 or (800) 799-7233 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.
How can protect children from abuse and neglect?
Community members play an important role in protecting children from abuse and neglect. If you are worried about the health or safety of a child, call the local CPS hotline for the county where the child lives or find a local child abuse youth victim service provider.
You can call or text the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 24/7 at (800) 4-A-CHILD to speak with a professional crisis counselor who can provide assistance in over 170 languages.
You may also be able to help children and youth who have been abused or neglected by stepping up to serve as a foster caregiver. Please contact your local county’s Social Service or Human Service department, or call the toll-free line at (800) KIDS-4-US.
What about adults suffering from abuse and neglect?
Adult Protective Services: Call (833) 401-0832 24/7 for concerns about adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation.