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DOUGLAS COUNTY CHAIRMAN DR. ROMONA JACKSON JONES AND BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS PROVIDE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE


Advice to the general public is the same as every cold and flu season:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Note: The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

COVID-19 Testing:

At this time, all testing for coronavirus disease is being handled by the State of Georgia. Call your healthcare professional IF you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, AND have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.

Symptoms of COVID-19:

COVID-19 spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms appear within two to 14 days after exposure and include:

  • runny nose
  • headache
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • fever
  • a general feeling of being unwell

Preparedness:

Visit cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org, for preparedness tips for both the workplace and residents of the community. Another good resource is the CDC website.

Travel:

For travel information, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

FAQs:

For Frequently Asked Questions regarding COVID-19, visit here.

We are following the lead of Cobb Douglas Public Health as always in these types of events and referencing their material posted here.

The CDC is updating information for communities here.





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