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How can I protect myself from COVID-19?

Basic, everyday habits go a long way to protecting yourself from viruses. 

These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC has additional tips for individuals, families, and households

Am I at risk for COVID-19 infection in the United States?

  • Currently, risk to the public in Yuma County is low.
  • This is a rapidly-evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily.
  • Please visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date national information.

Should I be tested for COVID-19?

  • If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or shortness of breath, within 14 days after travel from affected areas, you should call ahead to a healthcare provider and mention your recent travel.  Your healthcare provider can review your symptoms, and may order testing for a variety of respiratory illnesses, which may include COVID-19 if established testing criteria is met. 
  • Testing can now be completed through some commercial laboratories, and requires an order by your provider. 
  • Individuals who are being monitored by public health will be given specific recommendations to seek care for testing for COVID-19, if needed.

What if I recently traveled to areas with community spread and got sick?

  • If you were in areas with widespread COVID-19 infections and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing within 14 days after you left the country, you should contact a healthcare provider.
    • Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a mask BEFORE you enter the healthcare facility for medical evaluation.
  • Avoid contact with others while sick.
  • Do not travel while sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

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