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Actions You Can Take to Stay Well


  • Stay home except for essential trips to get groceries or medications
  • Do not leave your home if you’re sick
  • Wash your hands with soap and water, frequently and thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash, or use your inner elbow or sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Don’t share dishes, glasses, cups or silverware.
  • Clean and Disinfect surfaces in your home, and personal items such as cell phones, using regular household products.
  • Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.



  • Don’t shake hands or give hugs. Bump fists or elbows instead.
  • Wear a cloth face mask to keep from passing on germs to others.
  • When possible, increase distance between people to six feet to help reduce spread.
  • When out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
  • Avoid crowds as much as possible.
  • Stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
  • Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case you need to stay home for a prolonged period.
  • Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms.
  • Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for an extended period.
  • Stay in touch with others by phone or email. You may need to ask for help from friends, family, neighbors, community health workers, etc. if you become sick.



  • Stay home and treat your symptoms with over-the-counter medications.
  • Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing). Before seeking care, CALL a health care provider and tell them what your symptoms are.
  • If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and tell the dispatch personnel what your symptoms are.