If You Are Feeling Ill, Please Stay Home
In December 2019, a new Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was detected. Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may cause mild to severe respiratory symptoms such as, cough, fever, trouble breathing and pneumonia.
There have been an increasing number of documented cases in the United States. Visit the CDC for updates regarding confirmed United States cases. It is thought that Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) can spread from person-to-person between people who are in close contact with one another (within 6 feet) via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
It is also possible for a person to contract Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose or possibly their eyes. The following are simple steps to prevent the spread of this virus and other respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay home when you feel sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your bent elbow or tissue. Dispose of tissue in trash promptly.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Video on Proper Hand Washing
If you believe you have been infected with the virus follow the recommendations from the Centers For Disease Control at: Sick With 2019 nCoV Fact Sheet (PDF) This is a rapidly changing situation. For up to date information please visit the following websites:
Novel Coronavirus Hotline: Call 1.888.364.3065 for information about coronavirus.
Please do not forget that we are still in the height of flu season. It is not too late to get your flu shot. Flu shots are available from your primary health care provider and any pharmacy.