The Charles County Department of Health Shares on Ways to Prevent COVID-19
It is very important that if you suspect you have been exposed to COVID-19 or exhibiting symptoms to notify healthcare facilities (medical office, urgent care, hospital or health department) prior to your arrival to receive instructions.
It cannot be stressed enough, that you and your family can protect themselves and others against respiratory viruses by remaining diligent with the following precautions:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room.
- If you are not sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
- Clean AND disinfect frequent touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 and your health, please contact your physician, healthcare facilities or the Charles County Department of Health’s at 301-609-6900 and ask for the Infectious Disease Program Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 and it is after business hours, contact the Maryland Emergency Management Agency call center at 410-517-3720. For all other questions after business hours contact 211 and press 2.
We will keep you updated as conditions change. For the most up to date information, visit the CDC’s COVID-19 website at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov, MDH’s website at health.maryland.gov/coronavirus or the Charles County Department of Health’s website at charlescountyhealth.org.