Coronavirus / COVID-19 Information
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.
|People who believe they have been exposed to the virus and have symptoms should call their doctor for an exam, and if appropriate, will refer for a test.
Q: What should I do if I have symptoms?
A: Healthcare providers are encouraging all patients experiencing flu-like symptoms to first use mobile apps or visit websites that have been set up for COVID-19 response.
Before scheduling an appointment with your healthcare provider or walking into a clinic, urgent care center or hospital it is recommended that you use a telehealth visit. WCCHD does not endorse any specific company.
A: WCCHD will receive your test results from a state or commercial lab. An epidemiologist will review your case and call you to start contact tracing interviews. Contact tracing is finding everyone who comes in direct contact with a sick COVID-19 patient and calling them to ask where they have been, and with whom. Contacts are watched for signs of illness for 14 days from the last day they came in contact with the COVID-19 patient. If the contact develops a fever or other COVID-19 symptoms, they are immediately isolated, tested, provided care, and the cycle starts again—all of the new patient’s contacts are found and watched for 14 days. Even one missed contact can keep the outbreak going.
|Q: What are steps to help prevent the spread of illnesses such as flu and COVID-19 if you are sick?
|Hotline Call Center|
|Questions about COVID-19? Hotline Call Centers:
Dial 2-1-1 and then choose option 6. Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., 7 days per week
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.