Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates and Resource Center

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates and Resource Center

On March 11, COVID-19 was publicly characterized as a pandemic, and on March 13, the President of the United States declared the outbreak a national emergency.

Different parts of the U.S. are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity. The U.S. nationally is currently in the initiation phases, but more and more states are reporting cases of COVID-19 to the CDC. Three U.S. states are currently experiencing sustained community spread.

Global efforts at this time are focused concurrently on lessening the spread and impact of this virus.

You may find out more here.

How to Protect Yourself

Here are a few ways to ensure that you stay protected:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Stay at least 6 feet away.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. If you touch a contaminated surface, your hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your bent elbow or a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.

Find out more ways to stay protected here.

Symptoms

Based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Older people, and those with underlying medical problem are more likely to develop serious illness. You may find out more here.

What to do if you are sick

Stay home except to get medical care

Separate yourself from other people in your home, this is known as home isolation

Call ahead before visiting your doctor

Cover your cough

Clean your hands often

Monitor your symptoms

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the operator that you have or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before medical help arrives.

More information found here for what to do.

Travel Notices

If you are a traveler, here is what you can do to protect yourself and others:

  • Ongoing community transmission of respiratory illness caused by the novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19) is occurring globally.
  • Older adults and people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions should consider postponing nonessential travel.
  • Travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Travelers returning from travel should monitor their health and practice social distancing for 14 days after returning from travel.
  • Travelers who are sick with fever, cough, or have trouble breathing should stay home and call ahead before seeking medical care.

For information on travel notices click here.