CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ALERT

COVID-19 In New Mexico

If either of the following applies to you, call the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) at 1-855-600-3453:

  • You have fever, cough, or shortness of breath, and in the 14 days before your symptoms started, you visited these COVID Travel Hot Spots or were in contact with a person known to have COVID-19

  • You do not have fever, cough, or shortness of breath, but you did travel to the COVID travel hot spots in the last 14 days or were in contact with a person known to have COVID-19

It is important to understand the overall risk of serious illness from COVID-19 is low. Most patients who are infected will have mild upper respiratory symptoms including fever, nasal congestion, and cough. A minority of patients can however develop pneumonia and some of these will require hospitalization.  A small proportion of these patients will sadly have a fatal case. Those at greatest risk for this are our elderly and those with chronic medical conditions such as COPD (emphysema), diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Parents – it is natural to worry for our young ones, but so far the data appears to show that the overwhelming majority of children have a mild upper respiratory illness or no illness at all from this virus.

Since the illness is predominantly spread between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, it is imperative that we all practice proper hygiene. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. You may use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if hand washing is not available.  Cover coughs and sneezes with the crook of your arm or a tissue. Importantly, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Teach your children proper hygiene practices as well. Avoid shaking hands with people this winter – they will understand. Please consider watching this short video to better understand the benefits of social distancing for our community: COVID-19 and Social Distancing.

If you develop flu-like symptoms and are not short of breath, the best thing you can do for yourself and your community is to stay home. You can contact your provider for advice. You can also utilize your patient Portal. If you are feeling more severely ill, and in particular are having trouble breathing, do not delay seeking medical care. If you are unable to present to a local emergency room, then call 911. Warn 911 if you have risks for having the coronavirus (travel to Covid Hot Spots in the last 14 days, or close contact with someone proven to have the virus).

We will continue monitoring the situation closely.  Again, for the most updated information, please refer to www.cdc.gov or cv.nmhealth.org.


Your Mental Health and COVID-19

Covid-19 pandemic is an event affecting all of us – we are challenged to maintain a sense of safety while also getting our needs met for social connection. Ortega Wellness recognizes that these unprecedented times are putting a strain on our mental, emotional, and spiritual health. We each respond differently, but most of us need support to feel ok. Because of this, Ortega Wellness wants you to know that our behavioral health team is here for you: we have professionals working in counseling, psychotherapy, mental health medication management, and mental health assessment available to you. Please reach out to your provider at Ortega Wellness and ask for behavioral health services if you think they might help you.

As you can see, we are taking drastic measures to keep you safe during this time of unease. We will get you scheduled so that your health care needs continue to be addressed.

You are not alone. We WILL get through this difficult time together!

Important Resources

Be Informed: Know Your Risk During COVID-19

*NEW At Home Option for HIV Testing in New Mexico

www.betestednm.org

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in New Mexico

https://cv.nmhealth.org/

Information For Individuals Experiencing Financial Hardship:

https://www.newmexico.gov/i-need-assistance/

Hotline available for healthcare workers who are experiencing anxiety: 855-507-5509 

Resources for Families in Santa Fe Area During COVID-19 Pandemic Need for Social Distancing 

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but some resources that are available online and in the Santa Fe area to help us get through this time when usual resources and activities are not available.  Below, you will find resources for managing stress, financial concerns, bills, food, and nutrition, but also are resources for enriching yourself, learning something new, staying fit and healthy.

State of New Mexico Resource page:

https://www.newmexico.gov/2020/03/21/things-you-can-do-to-fight-loneliness-boredom-while-self-isolating-for-covid-19/

Learning and Reading Resources:

https://www.newmexico.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Families-Distance-Learning-Toolkit_Final.pdf

United Way Resources for Families:

https://www.uwsfc.org/resource-guide-for-families/

Free online book resource:

https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/Home.aspx?categoryID=77

Museum and culture resources:

http://www.indianartsandculture.org/wonder-on-wheels-curriculum

http://sam.nmartmuseum.org/collections

Santa Fe Public Library resources:

https://santafelibrary.org/our-digital-resources-are-open/

https://santafelibrary.org/home-learning-resources/

CDC update and stress management:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Senior Resources:

https://www.thefoundationforseniorwellbeing.org/covid-19

 

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