Staying home is helping save lives.
Stemming the illness now means less impact overall. It is critically important to continue to stay at home and practice social distancing over the long-term, even when you feel good and the weather is nice.
It takes everyone doing their part to flatten the curve. Spread the word to play a role in helping protect our community.
Staying apart from other people is our best protection against COVID-19.
Staying home and avoiding all non-essential contact with others continues to be the most important thing all of us can do to stay healthy and keep others healthy. If you must go out, stay at least six feet apart from others at all times and please wear a face covering.
Before deciding whether to wear a face covering, consider:
- Medical masks should be reserved for healthcare providers who are on the front lines working to protect us all. We have had shortages of those masks and it's critically important that our healthcare workers have the equipment they need to do their jobs.
- Face coverings (e.g., homemade fabric masks) does not replace the need to follow guidance to stay home and limit our contact with others. It does not replace frequent handwashing, avoiding touching the face, and staying away from people who are ill. These are the most important steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 illness.
- Wearing a fabric face covering can help prevent the spread of infection to others when it is worn by someone who is already infected, even if they don't have symptoms. The face covering will block infectious droplets from spreading when someone with the infection coughs, sneezes and, to a lesser degree, speaks. This is why we encourage anyone leaving home to wear a face covering.
- To be effective, face coverings should be worn consistently and properly so as not to contaminate the hands or face of the user. Fabric face covering should be changed when moist and washed after use. Masks that have been worn may be contaminated with infectious agents.
- Learn more about non-medical mask-wearing best practices from the CDC.