Weekly Covid Surveillance

What you need to know:
Coronavirus Disease 2019 is a new disease that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

While there is currently no vaccine for the novel coronavirus, everyday preventative actions can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Individuals who are experiencing symptoms and may have traveled to areas of concern or have been in contact with somebody who has traveled to these areas should call ahead to their healthcare provider before presenting for treatment.

For general questions, the public may contact the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) 2019 Novel Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065 to speak with an NYSDOH expert who will answer questions, Monday – Sunday 9:00 am- 6:00 pm.  After hours, you may leave a voicemail message that will be returned.

Possible COVID symptoms can include:
Fever
Chills
Repeated Shaking with Chills
Cough / Mild to Severe Respiratory Illness
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muscle or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea

Contact immediate medical attention if experiencing any of the following symptoms:
Trouble breathing
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
Confusion
Inability to arouse



High Risk & Special Populations
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html

Printed Resources from the CDC: (for Spanish versions, click here)