Updated: Mar 9
This information is now out-of-date. For the most recent information involving COVID-19, visit http://cdc.gov
Let me first start out by saying that the current situation with (Coronavirus) COVID-19 can change in a matter of hours. This is a situation that's evolving quickly; therefore, we encourage the community to utilize the CDC's website for the most current information. The CDC's website can by found at www.cdc.gov.
The health department has taken steps to better inform the community regarding this virus. Per the CDC's risk assessment, the current risk to our community, state, and nation is still low. However, on Feb. 25th the CDC released updated information--including details that the likelihood of additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country has increased.
If COVID-19 starts to spread from person-to-person in the United States, and that's if, then the current risk assessment provided by the CDC is no longer valid--meaning that the risk of COVID-19 associated illness increases for the general American population. With these things in mind, the CDC has advised the country to prepare for a possible interruption in how we handle our day-to-day business.
The CDC has listed preparation steps at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html
As of 2/27/2020, the flu still remains the biggest threat to our community, state, and nation. If you haven't received your flu shot, please contact your medical provider to do so. The health department is offering flu shots, too. You can reach us at 270-259-3141 to schedule an appointment.
In closing, I am including some general steps that we all can take to minimize the spread of viruses--including both the flu and COVID-19.
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.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.