As we’re sure you know, there’s a lot of talk out there about the Coronavirus and the flu season in general. Here at the Foothills Event Center, we’re taking several preventative measures to keep everyone healthy. We’ve installed wall-mount hand sanitizing gel dispensers throughout the building. In addition, we’ve placed hand-sanitizing pumps in high-traffic areas in our event venue.
“I’m committed to stepping up our cleaning and disinfecting practices throughout the building to keep our visitors and staff safe and well,” says Mardie Caldwell, Founder and Owner of the Foothills Event Center.
Our team is extra diligent with all janitorial duties, and have added additional cleaning shifts. We will continue to monitor and consider all possibilities. Please feel free to ask any questions.
We want to pass along some important tips as we watch the news with a bit of trepidation. Recently, we noticed a meme that said, “The Coronavirus: The first virus to go viral,” and thought that is certainly true! Between truth and rumor, it’s hard to know how to prepare (or if we even need to!).
Staying Healthy Today
The most important thing each of us can do is stay healthy. The best preventative measures come directly from the CDC, as well as these from Dr. James Robb, a noted pathologist:
- Use just your knuckle to touch light switches, elevator buttons, etc…
- Lift the gas pump with a paper towel or use a disposable glove.
- Open doors with your closed fist or hip – don’t grasp the handle with your hand, unless there is no other way to open the door. This is especially important on bathroom and post office/commercial doors.
- Avoid shaking hands! Use a fist bump, slight bow, elbow bump, etc.
- Use disinfectant wipes at the stores when they are available, including wiping the handle and child seat in grocery carts.
- Wash your hands with soap for 10-20 seconds and/or use a greater than 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer whenever you return home from ANY activity that involves locations where other people have been.
- Keep a bottle of sanitizer available at each of your home’s entrances AND in your car for use after getting gas or touching other contaminated objects when you can’t immediately wash your hands.
- If possible, cough or sneeze into a disposable tissue and discard. Use your elbow only if you have to. The clothing on your elbow will contain an infectious virus that can be passed on for up to a week or more!
- Zinc lozenges have been proven to be effective in blocking most viruses from multiplying in your throat and nasopharynx. Use as directed several times each day when you begin to feel ANY “cold-like” symptoms beginning. It is best to lie down and let the lozenge dissolve in the back of your throat and nasopharynx.
The other item to note was how germ-filled our cell phones could be. We try not to touch our faces, yet instantly put our phones to our head or clean hands, many times a day! Remember to wipe your cell phone down when possible.
We are closely watching the CDC recommendations as they are updated. Concerts, celebrations, Come Paint With Us classes, and other events at the Foothills will continue as usual. Our staff has extra precautions in place, and we remain 100% committed to ensuring that all our clients and visitors experience no interruption in services from the Foothills Event Center.
Have a beautiful weekend, and please remember to wash those hands!