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April is my favorite month of the year! Why? Because it is my birthday month! This month, we will be hosting the Happy Birthday Referral Challenge!

If you refer a new client to me, you will receive a $15 Cheesecake Factory gift card! Have a slice of cheesecake on me this month! My personal favorite flavor is the white chocolate raspberry truffle! Yum!

Take preventive action now against COVID-19

Medicare Now Covers Coronavirus Testing

You may be hearing about the coronavirus (officially called 2019-novel coronavirus or COVID-19) in the news. While there isn’t a vaccine yet, Medicare is still here to help. Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers a test to see if you have coronavirus. This test is covered when your doctor or other health care provider orders it, if you got the test on or after February 4, 2020.

You usually pay nothing for Medicare-covered clinical diagnostic laboratory tests. Note: Your provider will need to wait until after April 1, 2020 to be able to submit a claim to Medicare for this test.

To prevent the spread of this illness or other illnesses including the flu, here are some tips to follow:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Stay home when you’re sick
  • See your doctor if you think you’re ill

In addition to practicing good everyday prevention through things such as hand washing and avoiding touching your face, the CDC says there is more you can do to take precautions against COVID-19 and reduce your risk of exposure:

  • Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces with limited air circulation.
  • Defer all cruise ship travel worldwide, particularly if you also have underlying health issues.
  • Avoid situations that put you at increased risk, including non-essential travel such as long plane trips. 


For more information on the coronavirus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control website.

Source: https://www.medicare.gov/blog/medicare-now-covers-coronavirus-testing

As you know, Governor Herbert issued a statewide directive today as part the Urgent Phase of the Utah Leads Together plan. Please familiarize yourself with the details of the order and do your best to abide by it.  

The Directive instructs Utahns to "Stay Safe- Stay Home" and to comply with the following until April 13, 2020:

Stay at home

- Work from home if at all possible

- Keep communications electronic and telephonic

- Self quarantine if you have been outside of the state

- Don't visit friends or families outside of urgent needs

- Don't attend gatherings with individuals outside of your family

- Wash hands

- Sanitize frequently

- Practice good cough and sneeze hygiene

- Sanitize high touch surfaces frequently

- Help others

- Don't endanger high risk individuals

- Don't visit hospitals

- No recreational travel

- Leave home only for emergencies or when needed for supplies or to help your neighbors

Businesses

- Respond to varying levels of disease transmission and refine business response plans as needed.

Encourage and enable employees to work from home if at all possible.

- Do everything you can to accommodate your employees so you don’t inadvertently encourage sick employees to come into work

- Do not require doctor's notes when employees are ill

- Provide safe environments for employees, following physical distancing

- Accommodate High-risk individuals in the workplace

- Avoid congregating at work

- Minimize face to face contact

- Stagger work hours

- Other best industry practices

Children

- No play dates

- Do not visit public playgrounds

- No school

Food

- No dining out except for curbside and take out orders

Outdoors and Recreation

- Maintain six feet of distance from others

- No congregating at trial heads or other areas

- No amusement parks

- No swimming pools

- No gyms

Travel

- Keep travel limited to work, emergency, or essential needs

- Leisurely drives are fine

Shopping

- Grocery stores and other shopping needs are fine, but limit them

Airports

- Only ticketed passengers may leave vehicles

Public Parks and Outdoor Areas

- Parks are fine when practicing social distancing, but no playgrounds or congregating.

- State parks are only available to the residents of the county in which the park is located

- Federal Parks are in the process of being closed

Stay Home and Stay Safe-

With a magnitude 3.9 aftershock today in Magna, we began getting a lot of questions about what it all means.

But a deeper question led us to write the following:

Can we have a talk about earthquake anxiety?

We want to send you our love and compassion.

Have you, or anyone you know, felt any of these after the Wednesday earthquake or any of its aftershocks?
• sleeplessness
• nervousness
• lack of focus
• “phantom” earthquakes
• endless questions and wondering

If you answered yes, you may have anxiety.

You need to know this is completely normal. You are not alone.

If it’s your loved one or friend, please be kind and caring. Please listen to them. Stay open. Be patient.

Anxiety can’t be forced away. It doesn’t have a set timeline.

Three things tend to help ease earthquake anxiety:

Facts, action, and time

Facts to ease earthquake anxiety:
We have great scientists in Utah.

Utah is earthquake country. Last year we had 2,300 quakes. Most were not felt.

Most aftershocks from Wednesday’s quake have not been felt. As of Monday, there had been 334.

So you have survived more earthquakes than you could even imagine.

We expect to feel aftershocks from the Wednesday earthquake for days or weeks.

This is completely normal and does not mean a stronger or larger earthquake is coming as a result of the original Magna quake.

The earthquake we had on Wednesday resulted in some localized damages and no injuries or fatalities.

We got through it with a memorable wakeup call.

The worst-case scenario for Utah is a magnitude 7 earthquake.

But even from that size of earthquake, we expect most buildings to stay standing, especially if they are newer.

We expect 99.9% of Utahns to survive.

Actions to ease earthquake anxiety:
We conducted a poll recently to see if people would feel less anxious if they took emergency preparedness actions.

Poll results:
65% said yes

Simple actions include
• Sturdy shoes by your bed
• Food and water storage
• Flashlight and extra batteries
• Meet your neighbors
• Strap your water heater to the studs.
• Secure heavy furniture to walls.
• Walk around your house with your family
• Look for heavy things that could fall on beds. Remove them.

Earthquake damage is NOT covered by your homeowners policy.

Shop around for earthquake insurance.
Send me an email if you would like a quote! 

Time to ease earthquake anxiety:

Over time, aftershocks will subside and become less frequent.

Over time, anxiety will begin to fade.

Mother Nature has given us time to prepare.

Final thoughts:

We are Utah.
We do things together.
We get through hard things together.

Band together as neighborhoods, as families.

Don’t waste this opportunity to learn earthquake facts, take charge with earthquake preparedness and take time to heal.
❤️
Source: Utah Division of Emergency Management

Don't be an April FOOL, the birthday month referral challenge begins April 1st!

 

$15 gift card to The Cheesecake Factory!

 

The Rules

Refer a friend, earn a giftcard! It's that easy!
There are no limits to how many gift cards you can win. Simply refer your friends, family and co-workers to me, have them reach out to me either via email or call my office, make sure they tell me who sent them, and you earn a $15 to The Cheesecake Factory! 
  • Refer a Friend
  • Send me an email stating who you sent
  • Earn a $15 gift card to The Cheesecake Factory
Refer a Friend!
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