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COVID-19 Prevention and Preparedness

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Please practice the following preventive and preparedness actions to keep you and your family safe:

Prevention

  • Practice physical distancing
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick (keep about 6 feet away).
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough with your elbow or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash—and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • 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.
  • Avoid travel to areas with ongoing community transmission.

Cloth face coverings

We are learning COVID-19 can be spread while people aren’t showing symptoms and cloth face coverings are a way to minimize that spread. The purpose of a cloth face covering is to protect others around you, not yourself. Viruses can be spread by touching your face through your eyes, nose and mouth, and a covering may also help minimize touching your face. If a face covering makes you touch your face more, you probably shouldn’t wear one.

We recommend wearing one when you go to places around other people where physical distancing isn’t as easy, like a grocery store or a doctor’s office. There is no need to wear a face covering at your home. You do not need to wear a face covering when you are walking your dog or doing something by yourself a minimum of 6 feet or more away from other people.

Face coverings should NOT be surgical masks or N95 masks. Those need to be reserved for our medical systems that need them.

CDC: Cloth Face Coverings

Preparedness

  • Create an emergency contact list for family and friends.
  • Frequently clean touched surfaces and objects with a regular household detergent cleaner.
  • Ensure your family has an extra supply of necessary medicines and food.
  • Identify a separate bedroom and bathroom (if available) for a sick family member to use.
  • Plan for ways to care for those who may be at greater risk (e.g. underlying chronic illness).
  • Plan for potential schedule changes at school and work.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items with someone who is sick in the home.