Mask Up. Back Up. Wash Up.
As the community continues to respond to the pandemic, it is important for people to follow recommended public health strategies. These include:
Universal Use of Face Masks
The consistent and correct use of face masks in public and around people who do not share the same household. Recent studies estimate that approximately half of new infections are transmitted by people who have no symptoms of COVID-19. New evidence shows that in addition to providing protection for others, face masks also provide some protection to those wearing them.
Maintaining social distancing and limiting contacts. Contact with people outside of the household setting increases the risk of infection with the virus that causes COVID-19. Outside of household settings, being in close physical contact with others, sharing meals, being in enclosed spaces, or in large crowds can all increase the risk of infection. Participating in these activities also increases the risk of transmission among household members.
Regular handwashing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs to others. To prevent the spread of germs, wash hands with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
COVID-19 testing is vital to identifying people who are infected so they can isolate themselves from others and interrupt the transmission of the virus. The Health District recommends testing for both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals. Testing is recommended for people who have symptoms of COVID-19; anyone who had close contact with someone who has a confirmed or possible case of COVID-19; people who were in a setting where they were exposed to a large group of people or people who were not wearing face coverings or not maintaining physical distance; and anyone who is planning to visit someone who is at high risk of illness, including people 65 years of age and older and people with serious medical conditions. Health District and community partner testing locations can be found on the calendar at covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/testing. Locations that require appointments or that allow for pre-registration can be accessed at https://registration.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org.
More information about COVID-19 is available on the Health District website at covid.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org. Additional information about COVID-19 vaccine is available on the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html.