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Douglas County Health Department coronavirus statement to residents

Our Valued Residents, 
Douglas County Health Department’s mission is to Protect and Promote a healthy lifestyle through Prevention and Education. This mission has become even more important with the emergence of the COVID-19 virus. Our priority is the health and wellness of the entire community and those individuals that will also come in contact with our community. 

The County officials have been in close communications with each other in effort to plan and prioritize resources and personnel that may be needed in an effort to protect the public through prevention efforts. According to the most recent information from the Center for Disease Control, for most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. 

At the Health Department along with the other county agencies, many cleaning procedures and policies have been enhanced to ensure the reduction of the virus. Some of these preventative measures are using sanitizing wipes routinely on publically used pens, doorknobs, banisters, and other surfaces that the public frequently touch. It is also important for the public to also use preventative measures in efforts to reduce transmission. These efforts are listed below.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including: 

– Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

– 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. 

– Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask. 

– CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. 

– Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in a close setting (at home or in a health care facility).

– Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

– If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. 

For more information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website. 

For more information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings

There are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several diseases. CDC does not have specific guidance for travelers. 

We also encourage residents to call 2-1-1 for other questions concerning COVID-19 as well as necessary items that may be needed. 

The risk of this virus will be greatly minimized through these prevention efforts taken by the Douglas County agencies, their partners, and the conscious and alert public. We want to thank you for your trust and patience, and understanding that we will navigate through this with your health and safety at the forefront of all that we do. 

Yours truly, 
Amanda S. Minor, MPH, LEHP
Public Health 

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