Public services within the Health Department have been temporary suspended until further notice. Phone lines are still available.

Protecting Yourself

It is important to note there are seven different coronaviruses known to infect humans. There are four common coronaviruses (229E, NL63, OC43 and HKU1) that circulate widely. Most people will get infected with one or more of the common human coronaviruses in their lifetime. Recommended everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses, include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth with your upper arm or tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • CDC recommends cloth face coverings for the general public.
  • Watch this 2 minute video on COVID-19
Know How it Spreads
  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19.
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus (stay home and practice social distancing).
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through close contact (within 6 feet) or through respiratory droplets (when an infected person coughs or sneezes).
  • Community Mitigation Strategies pdf (3/12/20)
Take Steps to Protect Yourself

Clean your hands often - Video

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.  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 with people who are sick.  Put distance between yourself and other people.

Clean and disinfect. 

Facemask use.

  • If you ARE sick you should wear a facemask when you are around other people and before entering a healthcare provider's office.
  • CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
  • CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
  • Use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19
  • DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions

Caring for someone at home.

  • Provide support and help cover basic needs.
  • Watch for warning signs.
  • Protect yourself when caring for someone who is sick by:

Do not ingest or inject disinfectants.

Take Steps to Protect Others

Stay home if you are sick.

  • If you are sick, stay home except to get medical care.

Cover coughs and sneezes.

  • When you cough or sneeze use the inside of your elbow or a tissue to cover your mouth and nose.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands after coughing or sneezing.

Facemask use.

  • If you ARE sick you should wear a facemask when you are around other people and before entering a healthcare provider's office.
  • CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
  • CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.
  • Use of cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19
  • DIY-cloth-face-covering-instructions

Clean and disinfect. 

 

Visiting Parks and Trails Safely During a Pandemic: Outdoor Safety

Garage Sale Guidance: pdf