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COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources

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In this time of change and uncertainty, we encourage everyone to help us share the facts about COVID-19.

Please use these resources to stay up-to-date on information about local and statewide steps in place to help control the spread.

We recommend using the sites below for the most current and accurate information in our communities: 

 

Current CDC testing guidelines can be found here.
 

Educational resource documents:

 

For information about mental health resources or other community organizations providing outreach to community members in need, please use the links below: 

While the focus is on COVID-19, the best ways to protect yourself and others from this or any other respiratory virus is to:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Use an alcohol-based hand cleaner if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, especially if someone is sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Social Distancing Information

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is coronavirus brand new?

The answer is both yes and no. Actually, coronavirus is a type of virus that was first identified nearly fifty years ago. There are many types of viruses, but recently the virus associated with China is of concern because of the increase in numbers and associated deaths, initially within China. This virus is called the 2019 Novel Coronavirus or COVID 19 -- novel meaning new.

 

How does coronavirus spread?

Viruses typically spread by respiratory droplets. This can occur by coughing or sneezing.  The spread or transmission can occur within six feet of an infected person.  While this applies to the common cold or influenza, the same principle applies to the COVID-19.

 

How do clinicians protect themselves?

Because this virus is new, health care workers are asked to protect themselves by wearing a mask when in contact with a patient suspected of having this type of virus. The patient is also placed in a negative pressure room (if available) or contained in a private room and must wear an isolation mask. These precautions are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because this is a new virus and how the respiratory droplets spread is still being studied.

 

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Symptoms for the coronavirus mimic those of other respiratory illnesses—mainly fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath.

 

Could all of this information change next week or next month?

Yes. The information regarding the spread of the illness and how people get sick is constantly being updated because this is a new virus. The CDC is the best source of current information on coronavirus.