Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

How to Protect Yourself

How to Prepare

Here is what you can do to prepare your family in case COVID-19 spreads in your community.
  • Find Local Information

    Know where to find local information on COVID-19 and local trends of COVID-19 cases.

  • Know the Signs & Symptoms

    Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if symptomatic:

    • Stay home when you are sick
    • Call your health care provider’s office in advance of a visit
    • Limit movement in the community
    • Limit visitors
  • Take Steps for Those at Higher Risk

    Know what additional measures those at higher risk and who are vulnerable should take.

  • Protect Yourself & Family

    Implement steps to prevent illness (e.g., stay home when sick, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, clean frequently touched surfaces daily).

  • Create a Household Plan

    Create a household plan of action in case of illness in the household or disruption of daily activities due to COVID-19 in the community.

    • Consider 2-week supply of prescription and over the counter medications, food and other essentials. Know how to get food delivered if possible.
    • Establish ways to communicate with others (e.g., family, friends, co-workers).
    • Establish plans to telework, what to do about childcare needs, how to adapt to cancellation of events.
  • Stay Informed About Emergency Plans

    Know about emergency operations plans for schools/workplaces of household members.

Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.

Know How it Spreads



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  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through 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.

Take steps to protect yourself

Wash Hands
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.
Home Quarantine
Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

Stay Home
Stay home if you’re sick
Cover coughs and sneezes
Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
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Clean and disinfect
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily . This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
What You Need To Know About Handwashing
Many County facilities are now closed to in-person transactions. Citizens seeking assistance and services are encouraged to use these virtual and phone options to get help:
How is the new coronavirus affecting people who get it?
Why is it recommended to avoid close contact with anyone who has fever and cough?
Can masks protect against the new coronavirus infection?
What can people do to protect themselves and others from getting the new coronavirus?
What do you know about the novel Coronavirus that is causing a health emergency?
What is a coronavirus? Where do they come from? How can I protect myself? Watch this Q&A from the World Health Organization for the answers.
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