LENOWISCO and the CDC on Coronavirus

The Lenowisco Health District (LHD) continues to work with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to the expanding global outbreak of COVID-19, caused by a new coronavirus. The vast majority of cases have occurred in China. However, community spread is being detected in a growing number of countries. Community spread means spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown.
The current risk of COVID-19 infection to the American public is still considered low.  As of today, there are no COVID-19 cases in Virginia. Here are steps everyone can take to respond to this emerging public health threat:
It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season.  CDC, VDH and LHD recommend that everyone 6 months of age or older get a flu vaccine. It’s not too late to do this.  Flu and COVID-19 symptoms can appear similar.
Practice good infection control measures at home, school and work. This includes washing your hands frequently, covering your cough (into a tissue or your sleeve), and staying home from work/school if you are ill. 
Avoid close contact with people who are ill.  Also, avoid touching your nose, mouth, and eyes. · If you are considering travel, please see the CDC’s travel website regarding coronavirus at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html for more information. 
For local governments, schools and businesses:  review your continuity of operations plans.  While it would depend on the circumstances, these might be needed if an outbreak of COVID-19 happened in the Lenowisco Health District.  Nonpharmaceutical interventions may need to be implemented. They include personal, community and environmental actions to help prevent the spread of the virus. 
o Personal actions include hand washing, covering your cough and sneeze, and staying home if ill.  
o Community actions include social distancing measures to reduce the risk of people who are sick coming into contact with others.
o Environmental actions include cleaning measures. 

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