COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
HCDE continues to monitor COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) and is in touch daily with local area Superintendents and public health officials. The department is also closely following the guidelines suggested by the CDC regarding preventing spread of the virus.
According to the CDC, for the majority of people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. There is not widespread circulation in most communities in the United States.
However, the CDC has made precautionary recommendations to help prevent the spread of the virus.
These precautions include:
1) Familiarize yourself with CDC's steps to prevent spread of the virus
- Wash hands frequently
- Avoid close contact with others
- Avoid touching your face
- Stay home if you are sick
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Wear a mask ONLY if you are sick
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are touched regularly (door knobs, phones, light switches, remote control, etc...) with bleach or alcohol solutions
2) Older people and people with severe chronic conditions should take special precautions because they are at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.
3) If you are in close contact with someone with COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill are able to self-isolate at home.
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