Coronavirus Information

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Stay Home. Stop the Spread. Save Lives.What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus are a large family of viruses, which may cause illnesses in humans and animals. In humans, several Coronavirus are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe illnesses. The most recently discovered is the novel Coronavirus, SARS-COV-2, which causes the COVID-19 disease. Common symptoms include fever, cough, and trouble breathing. Currently, there is no cure or vaccine for this virus.

Persons who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should call ahead to their health care provider before seeking treatment in person.

Stop the Spread

Hand Washing
Hand washing
Proper hand washing is crucial to help stop the spread of the virus.  Hands should be washed often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, or clean hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (the FDA recommends a concentration of 60% to 95% ethanol or isopropanol), covering all surfaces of your hands (and in-between your fingers) and rubbing them together until they feel dry.

Check out videos on proper hand washing technique here.

Social Distancing
Social Distancing
New York State's Ten Point PAUSE program, which went into effect on March 22, requires all individuals to maintain a six foot distance from each other when in public.  Non-essential gatherings of any sort are banned.  Any outside activity should be limited to only immediate household members.  Social distancing helps slow the spread of the virus by the probability of an uninfected person coming in close physical contact with an infected person.

Learn more here.

Respiratory Etiquette
Respiratory Etiquette
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze.  Throw used tissues immediately in a lined trash can and wash our hands for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.  On April 3, 2020, the CDC issued a recommendation that individuals wear a cloth face covering while in public, especially in settings where social distancing may be difficult, such as grocery stores.  Face coverings worn by the general public should not be surgical or N-95 masks, which must be reserved for health care workers.

 Learn more about the CDC's recommendation here.
 CDC Do-It-Yourself Cloth Face Coverings (pdf)
FDA Shopping for Food (pdf)
NYSDOH Guidance regarding Face Coverings (pdf)

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Mapping & Case Data
Genesee County COVID-19 case data is available with daily updates from the County Health Department.  New York Coronavirus chart and map are updated daily with official numbers as they are released by the State Department of Health and the Office of the Governor.

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GCHD Genesee County Health Department
Genesee County Public Health is working tirelessly to track local cases, support local healthcare systems, and educate the public about measures to reduce risk. 
New York State Department of Health
New York State Department of Health is providing daily updates, including case counts and demographics, fatality information, the latest details on testing, resources for giving and receiving help, and the most recent regulations affecting all New Yorkers.

CDC U.S. Centers for Disease Control
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is providing detailed, accurate information about how to protect yourself from COVID-19, what to do if you are sick, how to identify symptoms, and how to slow the spread of the virus.
World Health Organization
The World Health Organization has been tracking COVID-19 since its appearance in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.  The WHO provides daily, reputable information about the pandemic situation worldwide and makes recommendations for affected nations.  The WHO's website also contains detailed information refuting common myths about the disease.
Travel Alerts Traveler Alerts
New York State residents should not be traveling at the current time, except in the case of an emergency or for an essential business reason.  If you do need to travel, please check the CDC's most recent travel advisories.
Coping with Stress
The current Coronavirus situation has produced anxiety, stress, and worry for many individuals.  This is a natural response to dealing with an emergency.  Fear about the virus can be overwhelming, and stress can cause problems with sleeping, eating, and the worsening of chronic health conditions.  It is important to take steps to help manage stress. 
Manage Stress
Emotional Health Taking Care of Your Emotional Health
It is natural to feel stress in the midst of current situation.  Self-care is important for long-term mental and emotional health, and to help ensure good decision making for the safety of you and your family.  Take good care of your body.  Connect with others.  Take breaks to unwind.  Stay informed but do not watch too much news.  Seek help when you need it.
Talking with Children about Coronavirus
Children may worry about themselves and their families getting sick with Coronavirus.  They may be struggling with being home from school, and missing extended family, friends, teachers and their daily routines.  They may wonder when life will go back to normal.
Talking with Children
MH Support Mental Health Support
The COVID-19 pandemic has left many feeling anxious and stressed.  The New York State Office of Mental Health offers both tips for mental wellness during this emergency and a Mental Health hotline staffed by volunteers, including Mental Health professionals.  

NYS Office of Mental Health Hotline:  1-844-863-9314 

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