Kane County officials are asking residents to take steps to minimize the spread of the coronavirus.
What To Do If You Are at HIGH RISK
If you are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19, you should:
- Stock up on supplies.
- Take everyday precautions to keep space between yourself and others.
- When you go out in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
- Avoid crowds as much as possible.
- Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
- During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce your risk of being exposed.
Who is at Higher Risk?
Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
- Older adults
- People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
- Heart disease
- Lung disease
If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time. (An outbreak is when a large number of people suddenly get sick.) Depending on how severe the outbreak is, public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease.
If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.
Kane County: ‘If You Feel Sick, Call First’
County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen underlined Thursday that it is vitally important for people who may have been exposed or feel sick with flu-like symptoms to call ahead to the doctor’s office or Emergency Room.
“Do not show up because if you have the virus you are exposing others,” he said. “By doing so, you contribute by not spreading the virus to others.”
Lauzen had made the announcement during Tuesday morning’s County Board meeting that he had received a call from Gov. JB Pritzker to let him know of Kane County’s first case.
After the meeting, he said the governor did not say which hospital was handling the case. Lauzen praised Pritzker for the phone call and for efforts to make test kits available to Illinoisans.
Lauzen said he made the announcement during the County Board meeting to let citizens know as soon as possible that there had been a case here.
“The sooner you know there’s a problem, the sooner you can tackle it,” he said.
Lauzen emphasized that Kane County Health Department Director Barb Jeffers would be the county’s official source and point person to coordinate the county’s response.
The Illinois Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline and email address provides consistent information, answer questions, share facts about symptoms, and provides up-to-date information from the CDC. Call 1-800-889-3931 anytime or email DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV
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How To Prevent Spread in Communities
Everyone: Use the same daily health precautions you would for flu including washing your hands frequently using soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering your cough and sneeze, and staying home when sick.
Health care: Screen patients and visitors for symptoms of respiratory illness such as fever, cough, and difficulty breathing; wear proper personal protective gear such as gowns and masks when needed, and have employees stay home when sick.
Day cares, schools, universities: Review emergency plans, absenteeism policies, and cleaning procedures; identify strategies for alternative learning mechanisms such as on-line programs; and consider postponing or cancelling student exchange programs.
Businesses: Review emergency and continuity of operation plans, revisit sick leave policies, and assess schedule flexibility.
Community and faith organizations: Review emergency plans and communicate with community members if events and services are changed, postponed, or cancelled.
For information about how you, your school, your workplace, and your community can prepare, visit Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities.
For general questions about COVID-19, call the hotline at 1-800-889-3931 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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