Rockingham County Health and Human Services
Felissa Ferrell
Director of Health and Human Services
Felissa Ferrell
Director of Social Services
Susan Young, BSN,RN
Interim Health Director

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2019 Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) Outbreak
Posted on Monday February 03, 2020
                                             2019 Novel Coronavirus (nCoV)
                                                 What the Public Should Do

The current outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) originated in China but has now
spread internationally, impacting an increasing number of countries. Sustained community
spread is occurring in China. Limited person-to-person spread, most associated with close
contact with a patient with confirmed 2019-nCoV has been seen outside of China. No
community spread of 2019-nCoV has been identified in the United States at this time. In the
coming days and weeks, we expect more confirmed cases in the United States, including some
person-to-person spread. The goal of CDCs aggressive ongoing public health response is to
prevent spread of 2019-nCoV in in the United States.

What You Should Do
- Stay informed – CDC is updating its website daily with the latest information and advice for
  the public. (www.cdc/ncov)
- Remember to take everyday preventive actions that are always recommended to prevent the
  spread of respiratory viruses.
- Avoid close contact with sick people.
- While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible.
- Stay home if you are sick.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  Germs spread this way.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
- 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 rub with at least 60% alcohol.
- If you feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, and have traveled to China or were in
  close contact with someone with 2019-nCoV in the 14 days before you began to feel sick, seek
  medical care. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them
  about your recent travel and your symptoms.

What You Should Not Do
- Do not travel to China.
- Do not use facemasks. CDC does not recommend the use of facemasks for the general public
  to prevent the spread of 2019-nCoV.
- Do not show prejudice to people of Asian descent, because of fear of this new virus. Do not
  assume that someone of Asian descent is more likely to have 2019-nCoV. 

For More Information about the Novel Coronavirus please visit the following link:

U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention 

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