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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

What is Novel Coronavirus?

According to the CDC a novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

What are the Symptoms?

The CDC’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) website list the following symptoms.  These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breathThe CDC recommends calling your doctor if you develop symptoms or have been in close proximity to someone diagnosed with Coronavirus (COVID-19) or Have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

Who is most at risk for becoming infected.

According to the CDC older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions — like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example — seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness. CDC information for high-risk populations, including who is at risk and how to prepare is available at  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

What should I do if I have some of the common symptoms of COVID-19?

If anybody has a fever, cough, or shortness of breath they should visit their healthcare provider and be evaluated. However, before visiting to a physician’s office, an immediate care facility, or the emergency room call ahead and alert the medical facility. This allows medical personnel to prepare prior to arrival.

Testing is being conducted through the health department and is not yet available in hospitals and clinics.

What are some tips to decrease your chances of getting COVID-19?

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

What are some tips to protect others from being infected?

  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect

Should I cancel my travel plans?

Individuals should follow the travel advisories posted on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides updates and additional information on their COVID-19 Resource Page, including topics such as: how it spreads; symptoms; prevention and treatment; testing; and additional FAQs