Kay Co Health Department: COVID19 Increasing in Area

Mike Seals - June 11, 2020 11:11 am

Kay County Health Department is seeing an increase of COVID-19 cases in the area. We would like to remind residents that while activities in the Kay County area are beginning to resume, COVID-19 is still circulating. Citizens are encouraged to remain vigilant in their efforts to protect themselves and others in order help reduce the spread of COIVD-19.

COVID-19 is spread by close contact (about 6 feet or two arm lengths) with a person who has COVID-19. COVID -19 is primarily spread from person to person. You can become infected from respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. COVID-19 may also be spread by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. Therefore, the best way to protect yourself is to avoid exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.

  • Maintain social distancing by avoiding close contact with others (about 6 feet) and avoiding groups of 10 or more;
  • Wear a cloth face covering that covers your nose and mouth when in public settings;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces often;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.

If you are sick, take the following steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care;
  • If seeking medical attention, call ahead;
  • Avoid public transportation or ride-sharing;
  • Separate yourself from other people and pets within your home;
  • While there is no specific treatment for COVID-19 you can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.

Anyone experiencing symptoms or that may have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 is asked to contact their healthcare provider or the County Health Department for testing. Individuals testing positive or identified as a “close contact” during the contact tracing investigation will be contacted by the County Health Department with further care instructions.

 

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