As you saw in our previous special edition Member Newsletter, (found here: https://www.umpquahealth.com/ohp/ under UHA Member Resources) washing your hands is a very important part in helping to keep your family safe from getting sick.
- New CDC guidelines suggest wearing a homemade mask may help reduce your risk and the risk of others from COVID-19. N95 – Surgical Masks are preferred for healthcare workers. Please only use homemade masks when going into public.
- Here are some hand washing tips from the CDC:
- 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.
Telehealth – The health and well-being of UHA’s members is of the highest priority. UHA is committed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus strain COVID-19 by encouraging members to use telehealth appointment options to limit the amount of in-person health care service. This reduces the risk of exposure to contagious viruses or further illness.
The telehealth visits options available include, 2-way, live interactive telephone communication and digital video consultations. This options allows you to get the care you need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. To schedule a telehealth visit, call your providers office and ask if a telehealth visit is an option. Most health providers have telehealth visits available.
Telehealth visits and all other in-person visits for covered services are free and do not have a cost-share or copay required. If you have any questions about the coverage of telehealth services, please contact UHA Member Services.
If your doctor thinks it’s appropriate, stay safe and use Telehealth. Due to changes in the OHP rules for telehealth, UHA is able to make it an option for everyone during the pandemic. Expanding telehealth benefits is UHA’s way of helping the community.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Due to the social isolation order put on by the Governor, here are some supports for your wellbeing:
- With rising tension and anxiety from staying at home, domestic violence can become more prevalent. No matter what the status of your relationship is, it’s extremely important to plan for your emotional and physical safety. If you or someone you know is going through Domestic Violence, please reach out. There are many resources to help you.
- Peace at Home – 24-Hour Crisis Line: (541) 673-7867 or 1-800-464-6543
- Futures Without Violence – They have multiple resources available specific to the increased danger due to the isolation from COVID-19. Please visit https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/get-updates-information-covid-19/
- National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). They also have a chat option available if you can’t talk on the phone. They offer support, resources, and hope. Please visit their website at https://www.thehotline.org/help/
- As always, if you are having mental health issues and need immediate help, please contact 911 or the 24 Hour Crisis Line at 1-800-866-9780.
- Previously mentioned before, we are covering Telehealth. Please contact your Mental Health Provider to see if they are set up to do Telehealth. Set up an appointment as soon as possible.
- To find a list of Mental/Behavioral Health providers, please go to our website at: portal.umpquahealth.com
Smoking Cessation is available. Increasing evidence is suggesting that smokers are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 than those who don’t smoke, but it is not too late to quit. People who quit for even a short time may see an improvement in lung health. For most smokers who don’t already have serious lung injury, they may see immediate improvement in their health, and less opportunity for severe disease including COVID-19.
People turn to things because it’s a coping tool, especially during stressful times. But, maybe try and flex other coping muscles, there is a real opportunity to break routines – even taking a short break from smoking improves lung function.
A time of crisis is a time of opportunity. If you’ve been looking for a reason to quit, this is it.
For more information on how to quit smoking or get help, please follow the links below:
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has created a website for all information and resources related to COVID-19. They cover information about what the Coronavirus is, the latest news in closures and Executive Orders, as well as things to do to help with your child’s education while they are out of school. They also provide resources if you have concerns about food and shelter. Please visit their website at https://govstatus.egov.com/or-covid-19
Eating healthy helps promote good health by providing key nutrients and vitamins into your body. Choose My Plate created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is a program that helps you create the right meal proportions for you. It is available online at choosemyplate.gov, or on their app which can be found in the Android Google Play or App Store for iOS systems.