December COVID-19 Update
As we approach the end of 2020, we know time is tight and so much is happening in the world and in our own daily lives. With the holidays approaching and the challenges of COVID-19 ever-present, we want to assure you that we remain deeply committed to our core values of service and responsiveness to ensure there is no disruption to our members. HealthEZ remains fully operational under the State of Minnesota stay at home order. We will continue to provide unparalleled customer service, prompt and accurate claims processing, 24-hour helpline, and all client support, including your dedicated 800 number.
While this pandemic has been stressful and isolating, many are looking forward to the holidays and wondering how to connect with family and friends while remaining safe and healthy.
COVID 19 Updates: Healthy holidays, helpful tips and vaccine information
The CDC has offered many helpful tips for enjoying safe, healthy holidays, including:
- Celebrate virtually if at all possible. This is the safest way to include everyone in your holiday gathering.
- Plan ahead. Ask guests to avoid contact with anyone outside of their household for 14 days prior to the gathering.
- Limit attendees to ensure social distancing of 6 feet is possible.
- Consider outdoor events rather than indoor as much as possible. Where weather or other considerations make this impossible, plan ways to increase ventilation and air circulation.
- Require guests to stay masked at all times, and consider an event that does not involve eating. This allows masks to be worn more consistently.
- Encourage frequent handwashing and have a supply of hand sanitizer available.
- Limit accessibility to commonly touched surfaces such as garbage cans and serving utensils.
COVID-19 Vaccine Timeline
COVID-19 vaccines are becoming available, but who will get it first? When can you expect to get yours?
Healthcare workers and long term care residents will likely be the top priority for vaccination, which will begin this month.
The next group, beginning in February or March, could be seniors and people with medical conditions that put them at greater risk, as well as essential workers.
By spring, signs point to the vaccine being available to everyone.