Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19

Bears Protect Bears. Follow these Guidelines to Protect Yourself and Others.

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Consider who is in your household and their health.

Do not risk exposing them to SARS-CoV-2, especially if they are at higher risk for COVID-19 complications.

Try and maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet.

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Wear a mask and avoid touching your face.

It is required that you wear a cloth face covering when you must be in public for essential activities, such as shopping at the grocery store. A bandana, fabric mask, neck gaiter or other cloth barrier may help prevent those who have mild or no COVID-19 symptoms from unknowingly spreading it to others, however it does not substitute for physical distancing and hand hygiene.

Wearing your mask is the most important way to illustrate you care about the health of the people around you. The mask protects others, not you. It does not illustrate weakness, it shows you care about others.

The mask must cover both nose and mouth. You can allow your face to breathe occasionally but make sure no one is nearby and only bring down one side of the mask to allow air in. 

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Wash Hands Frequently and Carry Hand Sanitizer.

Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer (contains at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available. Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, and certainly after sneezing or before/after touching your face or a sick person.

Keep your immune system healthy by getting plenty of SLEEP, nutrition, stress-relief, and exercise.

Don’t shake hands, hug, share drinks or engage in long face-to-face conversations.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.  
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with others who are sick.

Follow Public Health Guidelines

At this time, in alignment with public health guidelines, we strongly recommend that practicing physical distancing and in particular around those - or if you are one of those - who are at higher risk for developing severe disease: individuals over age 65 and people with significant underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, heart or lung disease, or suppressed immune systems.  

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