COVID-19?

Useful Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Alabama Department of Public Health  (CURRENT ALABAMA KNOWN CASE NUMBERS)

Johns Hopkins University and Medicine 

Yahoo! News

 

 MASK ON, ALABAMA (Expires August 31st)

Gov. Kay Ivey has issued a statewide mask order

The order states a face covering must be worn in public when in close contact with other people. Alabamians must wear a mask when within 6 feet of a person from another household; in an indoor space open to the public; a vehicle operated by a transportation service such as Uber; or an outdoor public space where 10 or more people are gathered.

Exceptions to this order include practical necessity, such as when children are 6 and younger; people with certain medical conditions or disabilities; eating and drinking; and medical and dental procedures.  There are also categories for exceptions for exercise, communicating with an audience and certain necessary job functions.  Another category for exceptions includes activities such as voting or religious worship.

 

Amended Safer at Home ends August 31st 5pm

NEW UPDATES:

Masks – Mask required in schools and colleges, where possible, for employees and students in second grade and above.

 

United Way of Marshall County has created a Community Crisis Relief Fund
in response to the coronavirus outbreak to help increase access to basic
needs for struggling individuals and families and our most vulnerable
community members. Donations can be made online at
www.unitedwaymarshall.org or by mailing a check to the United Way of
Marshall County, 709 Blount Avenue, Guntersville, AL 35976.

 

24 hour hotline for coronavirus questions if you don’t have a healthcare provider 1-888-264-2256. If its busy, keep trying.

Call 2-1-1 First Call for Help for information and resources available in the community during this outbreak.

 

For complete COVID19 testing locations, click here

 

 

 

WHAT IS COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the name for the illness caused by a newly identified coronavirus that originated in China. Coronaviruses are very common. Coronaviruses infect the respiratory tract and are associated with the common cold and pneumonia.

 

HOW IS IT SPREAD?

Much is still unknown about how this coronavirus spreads. The current understanding of the virus is based on what is known about previously-discovered coronaviruses. Personto-person transmission generally occurs within close contact (about six feet) and is thought to spread via respiratory droplets that occur with coughing and sneezing. It may be possible for the virus to be spread through touching a surface with the virus on it and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustain-ably in the community (community spread) in some affected geographic areas.

 

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have reported a wide range of severity of illness. Some experience very mild symptoms while others have experienced severe illness and deaths have occurred. Symptoms have included fever, dry cough and shortness of breath.

 

WHO SHOULD BE TESTED?

Because testing kits are in short supply and resources to handle a huge volume of coronavirus tests are not available, you should have a test only if you have symptoms of a COVID-19 infection, such as: FEVER , COUGH , SHORTNESS OF BREATH. Contact your physician and follow their instructions if you have any of these risk factors: 60+ years old , high blood pressure, diabetes , lung disease, such as emphysema, asthma, COPD. If you have risk factors and someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, you should be tested.

 

HOW TO GET A TEST?

Tests are run on swabs obtained from your nose or throat. A physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner must order the COVID-19 tests. They will need to ask you questions about your symptoms and medical history to determine if a test is appropriate. If your physician or provider is not available to order the test, many communities have set up testing stations in parking lots and public spaces. You can find a list of testing sites by visiting AlabamaBlue.com/Coronavirus

 

WHAT TO DO AFTER BEING TESTED?

After being tested for COVID-19, go home to self-isolate and remain there until you receive your results. The decision to end your home isolation should be made with the advice of your physician or provider. If you are tested for COVID-19 and then hospitalized, you will be in isolation according to the facility’s Infection Control Office guidelines.