In light of growing public concerns relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and its potential transition from isolated cases to community spread in the United States, we understand that many members of our community are looking to us for information on the outbreak and what steps can be taken to prepare themselves and their communities. 

Coronavirus: What to Know

Most immediately, we want to emphasize the importance of basic prevention and hygiene to halting the spread of coronavirus, flu, and other infections disease.

Washing your hands frequently, preferably for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, avoiding touching your face, or touching the hands and faces of others, coughing and sneezing into a tissue or your elbow, staying at home if you feel ill and quickly seeing a doctor if any flu like symptoms persists all can go a long way to making sure you do not contract COVID-19, or do not pass on an infection to others. 

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is continuing to release interim guidance as the outbreak progresses, covering a number of important topics for public health professionals: 

Additionally, CDC has provided guidance for parents, teachers, community leaders, event planners and workplace administrators who may need to prepare their families, students, employees and communities. 

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