As the novel coronavirus first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China continues to receive increased media attention, Dallas County Health and Human Services and Denton County Public Health have released resources so residents can stay in the know with accurate information as the situation evolves.
At this time, there are no confirmed cases of the virus, named SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), in Dallas, Denton, or Collin counties, and Dallas County officials reiterated that the overall risk to Texans and the American public remains low.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the only confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Texas are in people who returned on U.S. State Department-chartered flights from Wuhan City or from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was quarantined in Yokohama, Japan. Those individuals will remain under federal quarantine at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland until they test negative for the virus and are no longer at risk of spreading it.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, so the CDC recommends everyday practices that help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including influenza. These include washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue; disinfecting frequently touched objects; and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, but the CDC does recommend that citizens receive an influenza shot to protect their health.
For disinfection, a list of products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC), is available on the CDC’s website along with other ways to prepare your household in case of a potential COVID-19 outbreak.
The CDC is aggressively responding to the global outbreak of COVID-19 and is preparing for the potential of community spread in the United States.
There are a number of information resources available through Dallas County Health and Human Services, Denton County Public Health, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the CDC at the links below. This public health situation is ever evolving, so be sure to check back frequently.
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