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Kootenai County, ID: Under Governor Little’s “Stay-Home” order many are finding themselves in situations they’ve never experienced before. Reported COVID-19 cases in Kootenai County are rising and community transmission is present, with that social distancing has become normal in our daily activities. However, social distancing doesn’t mean you need to be isolated from society.
We want our community to still stay engaged with others, even if you can’t interact in person. Claudia Miewald, DNP, director of Kootenai Health’s Behavioral Services had this advice, “When staying home for long periods of time it is important to establish routines with your family, children, or even in your own day. Pick a time to read, do schoolwork, or just watch a funny movie together as a family each day.” Miewald said, “This is a good time to do those home projects like organizing the garage or closet, doing things that will give you a sense of accomplishment. Staying connected is also important. Use technology like the Nextdoor app to check on your neighbors, video chat with family, or have the kids send letters or drawings to grandma and grandpa to stay connected. I also suggest taking time each day to practice gratitude and actively seek out the good things you have in your life to keep perspective.”
Additionally, the CDC recommends the following things you can do to support yourself:
However, if you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide or self-harm there are resources available.