October 27, 2020

Keep Yourself Healthy, Keep Lanai Healthy

COVID-19: How It Spreads

Get the facts about COVID-19 and how it spreads. Learn more.

What You Can Do: How to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Following simple steps can prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce its impact on our communities. Learn more.

What You Can Do: If you Become Sick

Find out what to do if you begin to feel ill. Learn more.



Below are tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Mental Health of America to help keep you and your loved ones healthy and prepared.

Stay Healthy

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs and light switches.
  • Limit travel unless absolutely necessary.
  • Older adults and people with chronic health conditions should take extra measures to distance themselves from others who are sick.

Avoid Close Contact

  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
  • Practice social distancing. If you must be in a group of people, maintain distance of at least six feet.

Be Prepared

  • Prepare your household with food and other daily necessities to reduce the amount of shopping trips you need to take.
  • Buy only what you need and be mindful of the needs of others in the community.
  • Offer to shop for elderly family and friends or those who are not able to shop for themselves.

Getting Care

  • If you need medical care, call ahead to your health care provider or health center and let them know about your symptoms and any travel history. If you need emergency care, call 911.
  • Testing is available by appointment and as ordered by your provider at Lanai Community Health Center (808-565-6969) and at Straub Lanai Family Health Center (808-565-6423).

Mental Health Recommendations

  • When asked to socially distance and self-isolate, it can be difficult for those experiencing depression or who are in need of emotional support.
  • We can all help by reaching out to one another through texts, phone calls and video calls.
  • Remember to check in with kupuna.
  • While you’re at home, it’s important to focus on practicing self-care, managing stress and not engaging in unhealthy coping skills.
  • It is important to stay up-to-date with information about COVID-19, but over-checking can lead to increased anxiety. Schedule one or two times to check the news during the day and stick to it.

Above all else, we ask that everyone display care, courtesy and good judgement to keep ourselves and each other safe and healthy.


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