With COVID-19 case counts escalating in Orange County and California, leading to the reclosure of some business operations previously allowed to reopen, residents are reminded that taking the proper precautions to avoid COVID-19 exposure is of vital importance. Our collective effort to slowing the spread of coronavirus will help businesses reopen sooner, and keeps each other safe. During this time, residents are strongly recommended to avoid hosting or attending any event with people outside of their immediate household, and to wear a cloth face covering in accordance with State orders.
To keep yourself and others safe, and to help businesses to return to normal as soon as possible, please observe the following:
Wear a mask
By current State order by the California Department of Public Health, a cloth face covering is required to be worn whenever you leave your home, with some limited exceptions. Coronaviruses can be spread through inhaling respiratory droplets, so wearing a face covering may lower your chances of contracting the virus, and significantly decreases your ability to unknowingly spread the disease to others. For more information on proper mask etiquette, please visit cdc.gov/coronavirus.
Practice good hygiene
Maintain good hygiene practices by frequently washing your hands, avoid touching your face, covering coughs and sneezes, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily, and monitoring your health daily. These practices have been heavily advertised because they are effective for stopping the spread of many kinds of viruses and bacteria, in addition to COVID-19.
Observe six feet of social distancing
Wearing a mask and practicing good hygiene is still no substitute for physically distancing from others. The best method to avoid sickness and infection from COVID-19 is to avoid close contact with others. By maintaining a safe social distance of six feet, especially indoors, you can reduce your chances of becoming infected.
If you think you may have COVID-19, the most important thing to do is to isolate yourself from others and contact your healthcare provider about testing and care. Most people will have mild illness (or even no illness) and can recover at home without medical care and may not need to be tested. If testing is recommended, there are many free resources available and your healthcare provider should direct you to a location served by your health plan. If you do not have insurance, there are many locations that provide free testing. For more information and to locate a testing site, please visit the OC Health Agency’s COVID-19 testing website.
Thank you for protecting the health of the entire community by following these recommendations. For more information, please visit cdc.gov/coronavirus. To view local COVID-19 case counts, testing site locations, and health orders in Orange County, visit the OC Health Care Agency website.