At a Glance

Covid-19 Testing, Prevention, and Vaccine

COVID-19 Information

  • Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, a virus closely related to the SARS virus.
  • People who are infected may have few symptoms or develop fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
  • Cases can progress to pneumonia and multi-organ failure.

What You Should Watch Out For:

  • Symptoms: CDC reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease. Fever, cough, and shortness of breath have been reported two to 14 days after exposure.
  • Prevention: CDC says the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. CDC recommends everyone wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public.
  • Testing: Please check with your healthcare provider for testing availability. More info: HHS.gov
  • Vaccines: To stay update with vaccine distributionHHS.gov. Also check with your state/local sites and your primary provider. To see the latest state-by-state data on COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • If You Are a Parent: Schools can play an important role in the effort to combat coronavirus and can prepare to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For schools in the midst of a community outbreak of COVID-19, temporarily dismissing childcare programs and K-12 schools is a strategy to stop or slow the further spread of COVID-19 in communities.
  • If You Are Elderly: Much like the seasonal flu, older adults and those with chronic health conditions are at higher risk of being impacted by the coronavirus in the event it does spread. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) urged nursing homes to keep abreast of CDC updates on coronavirus.

Additional Resources:

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