UNION, NJ – COVID-19-related cases in Union have reached 1,711, with 67 deaths, as reported on Tuesday.  That’s an increase of 12 positive cases since Friday, with no additional deaths reports.  In New Jersey there are 155,764 positive cases with 11,191 deaths.  In Union County, there are at least 15,293 confirmed cases and 1,030 deaths.

In addition to wearing face masks and maintaining social distance, one of the most effective ways to help keep you and your family healthy is by properly washing your hands. 

Despite being taught to wash our hands as children, many of us don’t know the proper techniques for washing our hands correctly, or how often we should be performing this important task, according to a website that provides training materials for Certified Nursing Assistants.

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As important as knowing how to properly wash your hands, It’s important to know when to wash your hands, according to the CNA website:

Wash your hands before:

  • Preparing and eating food
  • Treating a cut or wound
  • Caring for someone who is ill

Wash your hands during:

  • Food preparation

Wash your hands after:

  • Food preparation
  • Treating a cut or wound
  • Using the restroom
  • Changing a diaper
  • Cleaning a child who has used the restroom
  • Coming in contact with animals, animal food, or animal waste (pets included)
  • After coming in contact with garbage
  • Blowing your nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Caring for someone who is ill

To effectively kill germs and help prevent the spread of infectious disease, it’s important that you know how to properly wash your hands. Following these steps will help keep you and your loved ones healthy.

  • Get your hands wet using clean, running water. Turn off the tap and then apply your soap. The water can be any temperature, you don’t need to have hot water. Also, any soap will do, you don’t necessarily need antibacterial soap.
  • Work the soap into a lather by rubbing your hands together with the soap. Be sure to lather every part of your hands front and back as well as between your fingers and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. If you don’t have a watch or a clock available, this is roughly the amount of time it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice. You can use that to make sure you reach 20 seconds.
  • Rinse your hands using clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or let them air dry.

For more information, visit CNAclassesnearme.com for more details.