The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County
statement on COVID-19. March 11, 2020

When it comes to health, everyone wants what’s best for themselves, their families and our community. We at the Mental Health Association are taking the Coronavirus seriously. We want to keep our programs running and the Jenkins Center open. We ask everyone to please learn about the virus and take preventative actions.

COVID-19 (coronavirus) 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 or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily.

There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19.
We ask everyone to follow these preventative actions:

• We ask that if you are feeling sick or someone in your home is sick, please stay home.
• Please stop handshaking – use other non-contact methods of greeting
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
• Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then dispose of in trash
• Limit food sharing