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What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that has flu-like symptoms, including coughing, fever, sore throat and difficulty breathing.

How is it spread?

COVID-19 is spread in two ways: person-to-person and community spread.

Person-to-person: From coughing and sneezing, close personal contact like touching or shaking hands, or touching an object or surface that has the virus on it

Community spread: People have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or when they became infected

Source: CDC COVID-19 What You Should Know

How do I keep myself and my family safe?


The CDC recommends the below everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  •  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.


The CDC does not recommend that healthy people wear a mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be worn by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of disease to others, or for health care workers who are taking care of someone in a close setting.


Note: adapted from CDC prevention tips

What do to if you have symptoms

  • Call your provider – do not come to the clinic. Your provider will screen you to see if you need to be seen.

  • Stay home except to get medical care.

  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home.

  • Wear a face mask when in close contact with others.

  • Cover your cough and sneezes.

  • Wash your hands often, using this World Health Organization protocol.

  • Avoid sharing household items.

  • Clean all high-touch surfaces every day

  • Monitor your symptoms – seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening especially if you have difficulty breathing.