What can I do to protect myself?

Stay at Home as Much as Possible. 

Wear a Non-Medical Cloth Face Covering. Effective July 24 at midnight, JCPH issued Public Health Order 20-008, which requires residents and visitors to wear a face covering while in indoor and outdoor public settings. 

People who do not have to wear a mask include:

  • People who are 10 years old and younger
  • People who cannot medically tolerate a face covering
  • Children ages 2 and under should NOT wear masks or cloth face coverings

Cloth face coverings prevent the person wearing the mask from spreading respiratory droplets when talking, sneezing or coughing. If everyone wears a cloth face covering when out in public, such as when going to the grocery store, the risk of exposure to COVID-19 can be reduced for the community. Since people can spread the virus before symptoms start, or even if people never have symptoms, wearing a cloth face covering can protect others around you. 

Learn more on  our mask guidance page or the state’s mask guidance page.

Even With a Face Covering, Continue to Take Important Everyday Actions. Everyone can also protect themselves and others by practicing the following actions:

  • If you’re sick, always stay home and away from public places.
  • Avoid close contact (at least 6 ft.) with others.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and sneezing, throw the tissue away and then wash your hands.
  • Avoid touching your face including your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, like door knobs and your phone.
  • Get a flu shot if you have not had yours yet.

At this time, there is no vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and no medications approved to treat it.

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