Coronavirus / COVID-19 Information
Williamson County is Currently in YELLOW PHASE
|Williamson County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) has published a color-coded chart to help residents understand the stages of risk and provide recommendations on what people should do to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The risk-based guidelines set out four distinct stages of risk, from the lowest threat, Green/Minimal Community Spread, through the most serious, Red/Uncontrolled Community Spread, along with recommended behaviors for each stage.
The following guidelines are suggested for planning, but are not requirements. Local guidance may be superceded by Executive Order of the Governor. Jurisdictions are encouraged to check the most recent Orders:
Vulnerable individuals should follow the recommendations for the next-highest phase, i.e.,if the County is in YELLOW Phase, a vulnerable individual should follow the recommendations for ORANGE Phase, such as avoiding gatherings of five or more people.)
COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to what extent it may spread in the United States.
The virus spreads mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes. Learn more...
|Symptoms of COVID-19 may show up 2-14 days after exposure. The steps you should take if you think you are sick with COVID-19 depend on whether you have a higher risk of developing severe illness.
Q: What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
A: People with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
A: If you have mild symptoms not requiring hospitalization you should STAY HOME and self-isolate for 14 days. Learn more...
Q: Can I Check My Symptopms Online?
A: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing OR www.apple.com/covid19
Q: What Groups Are at a Higher-Risk?
A: Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19. Learn more from CDC...
Q: What is Community Spread?
A: Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
A: View this guidance to give you information about in-home isolation, preventing the spread of COVID-19 while you are sick, and when you can return to work or other normal activities.
Q: Can someone who has had COVID-19 spread the illness to others?
A: The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why the CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.
How long someone is actively sick can vary so the decision on when to release someone from isolation is made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with doctors, infection prevention and control experts, and public health officials. This decision involves considering specifics of each situation including disease severity, illness signs and symptoms, and results of laboratory testing for that patient.
Current CDC guidance for when it is OK to release someone from isolation is made on a case by case basis and includes meeting all of the following requirements:
Someone who has been released from isolation is not considered to pose a risk of infection to others.
|Q: What are steps to help prevent the spread of illnesses such as flu and COVID-19 if you are sick?
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WCCHD 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), and local and regional public health and healthcare agencies.