Together We Will Overcome
Let us all take precautionary measures outlined here to safeguard ourselves and our loved ones.
What is COVID-19 ?
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people can become severely ill. Although most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks of illness, some people experience post-COVID conditions. Post-COVID conditions are a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems people can experience more than four weeks after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Older people and those who have certain underlying medical conditions are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19.
How does the virus spread?
COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. Cases of reinfection with COVID-19 have been reported but are rare. We are still learning about how the virus spreads and the severity of illness it causes.
How can I protect myself and others from COVID-19
- Wear a mask
- Stay 6 feet away from other
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated space
- Wash your hands often
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean and Disinfect
- Monitor your health daily
What should I do if I get sick or someone in my house gets sick?
For people who are recovering at home and their caregivers, including:
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- If you have COVID-19, tell your close contacts so that they can quarantine at home and get tested.
- Use a separate room and bathroom for sick household members (if possible).
- The person who is sick should isolate.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Clean the sick room and bathroom, as needed, to avoid unnecessary contact with the sick person.
- The person who is sick should wear a mask when they are around other people at home. They do not need to wear a mask if they are alone.
What should I do if I have had a close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
The best way to protect yourself and others is to quarantine by staying home for 14 days if you think you’ve been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.
Be alert for symptoms of COVID-19.
If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
You may NOT need to quarantine if:
- You have been fully vaccinated and have no symptoms
- You were previously diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last three months and don’t develop any new symptoms