COVID-19 and Staying Safe

We know this is a stressful time and people want to know what they can do right now to protect themselves and their families. The most important thing that you can be doing right now is continuing to practice healthy personal hygiene while also taking care of your friends, family, and neighbors; many of whom may be more at risk than you. Supporting one another during this time is especially important in order to allow us to continue to move forward. Although we are practicing social distancing, it is important to note that we are all in this together.

There are also special recommendations for those who could possibly be at a higher risk put together by the Red Cross:

Limit the Spread of Germs and Prevent Infection:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when in areas where soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; if a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your elbow or sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily (this includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, computers, phones, keyboards, sinks, toilets, and countertops).
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick. You should wear the facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.

Get Your Household Ready

  • Have a supply of food staples and household supplies like laundry detergent and bathroom items.
  • Check to make sure you have at least a 30-day supply of your prescription medications and have other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough, and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes and vitamins.
  • Learn how your workplace will handle a possible outbreak. Create a plan in the event of any closings, event cancellations or postponements.
  • If you care for older adults or children, plan and prepare for caring for them, should they or you become sick.
  • Help family members and neighbors get prepared and share the safety messaging with those who may not have access to it.

According to the CDC, patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Call your doctor if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms.

During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible, and for the latest information, please visit the CDC website at