COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirusis a virus strain spreading from person-to-person in China and other countries, including the United States. In most instances, cases outside of China have been associated with travelers from China. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.

  • Health experts are still learning the details about how this new coronavirus spreads. In general, human coronaviruses are most commonly spread from an infected person to others through: the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands, touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes, in rare cases, contact with feces.


  • Travel to and from China has been limited. CDC recommends avoiding on-essential travel to Wuhan, China.


  • Symptoms of COVID-19: People who have been diagnosed with novel coronavirus have reported symptoms that may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms include runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever, a general feeling of being unwell.


  • However, some cases develop pneumonia and require medical care or hospitalization.


  • Steps you can take to prevent spread of the flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus: wash hands often with soap and water. If not available, use hand sanitizer, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands, avoid contact with people who are sick, stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others, cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.  
  • Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent novel coronavirus infections.


  • There are no medications specifically approved for coronavirus. Most people with mild coronavirus illness will recover on their own by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking pain and fever.


  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your healthcare provider or your local health department at 460-4200.



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