Community COVID/Illness Team addresses the "sick season"

Community COVID/Illness Team: The Community COVID/Illness Team is comprised of representatives from Central Montana Medical Center, SCL St. Vincent’s, One Health, Fergus County Nurse, Lewistown Public Schools Nurse, Small Wonder Day Care and Lewistown Public Schools Administration.

The team met to review current data on influenza, COVID and RSV. The data shows that all of Central Montana, the state and even the nation are struggling with all THREE of these illnesses that have led to lower school and work employee attendance in the whole community. What is unusual about this year is the “sick season” has hit a little earlier than normal.

The team came up with several suggestions to help mitigate these illnesses so that school attendance for both students and staff can remain high, as well as, the community workplaces can keep workers healthy and the economy going strong:

  • If you are not feeling well or have a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees, please stay home until you feel better.
  • Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. 
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • We encourage people to get the flu vaccine (this year’s vaccine is very effective) or COVID vaccine. Vaccines have proven to be very effective at mitigating serious illness.
  • We encourage wearing masks in very crowded areas.

*Lewistown Public Schools has stepped up our efforts to sanitize with wipes or our “foggers” highly sensitive areas and we continue to use our air ionizers in every classroom and common space.

We can do this Lewistown and we want to wish all of Central Montana a Merry Christmas and a HEALTHY New Year!

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