Coronavirus Advisory from Kendall County Officials

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Advisory published by Kendall County on March 12, 2020:

Kendall County is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving situation in coordination with the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), STRAC and our local and regional public health care agencies. The County, with the City, has developed a six-phase plan to coordinate COVID-19 response activities. We are currently in Phase 1:

Phase 1: Monitoring the Situation – No Reported Cases

  • Phase 2: Persons Under Monitoring
  • Phase 3: Persons Under Investigation (Testing in Progress)
  • Phase 4: Confirmed Case (No Person-to-Person spread)
  • Phase 5: Limited Person-to-Person Spread (Close/Household Contacts)
  • Phase 6: Sustained Person-to-Person Spread in the Community

How does it spread?

Coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands

Symptoms

Patients with confirmed infection have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you are experiencing these symptoms AND have traveled to China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea within 14 days of symptom onset, contact your health care provider.

Prevention

The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • 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

For more information, please visit: www.DSHS.Texas.gov/Coronavirus/

For travel to areas that have a Centers for Disease Control Alert or Warning visit www.cdc.gov

1 thought on “Coronavirus Advisory from Kendall County Officials”

  1. What a crock. There is nothing to ‘monitor’ (Phase 1’) b/c there are no tests available. Nothing like blissful ignorance. South Korea has “drive-thru” testing with people remaining in their vehicles for nose & throat swab. It’s fast (10 min process); No wasted time cleaning rooms btwn patients; No risk of spread w/ crowded waiting rooms; Results texted to person NEXT DAY; tests are free & they are doing thousands/day. We can’t even get tested at our Dr’s offices. How on earth can this be a plan with no testing???!? Hey City, what exactly is being monitored?

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