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What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people become severely ill. Older adults and people who have certain underlying medical conditions are more likely to get severely ill. Post-COVID conditions can include a wide range of health problems that can last four or more weeks after contracting COVID-19. Even those who do not become severely ill from COVID-19 may experience post-COVID conditions, sometimes referred to as Long COVID. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Basics of COVID-19

COVID-19 is spread in three main ways:

People with COVID-19 have reported a wide range of symptoms – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

Common COVID-19 symptoms include:

This list does not include all possible symptoms. Symptoms may change with new COVID-19 variants and vary depending on vaccination status. Learn more here about CDC COVID-19 Symptoms


COVID-19 testing is now available at no cost at several locations in the County. The department’s test locations have been discontinued. The health department will continue surveillance for outbreak prevention and response.