Updated: Sep 23, 2020
WindyWalksPDX understands that some of you, due to the nature of your work, still require care for your pets while you are away from home. Therefore, we are committed to doing everything possible to keep your pets and your home safe during this novel coronavirus outbreak. At the moment, we continue to care for clients' pets following best practices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and following recommendations from local government authorities.
From the CDC's website:
Based on what is currently known about the novel coronavirus and similar coronaviruses that cause SARS and MERS, spread from person-to-person with these viruses happens most frequently among close contacts (within about 6 feet). This type of transmission occurs via respiratory droplets. On the other hand, transmission of novel coronavirus to persons from surfaces contaminated with the virus has not been documented. Transmission of coronavirus occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets than through fomites. Current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings.
To increase cleanliness, we will: Continue to sanitize our hands before entering your home, and after leaving your home. Additionally, we will sanitize all high-touch surfaces we come into contact with, including doorknobs and kitchen countertops.
To prevent person-to-person contact: We ask that if you are at home during this time (working from home, unwell, etc.) to please cancel services. For services canceled less than 24 hours during this COVID-19 emergency, there are NO cancellations fees. Additionally, if you have prepaid for care/services, you will be credited for care and/or refunded payment.
COVID-19 and pets: According to the World Health Organization, "there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19." (https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses) And, from CDC:
To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals. For more information on the many benefits of pet ownership, as well as staying safe and healthy around animals including pets, livestock, and wildlife, visit CDC’s Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.
WindyWalksPDX continues monitoring the situation closely and following the advice of public health officials. We hope everyone is taking the necessary precautions to stay healthy and reduce the spread of COVID-19.