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2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

Spread

Most often, spread from person-to-person happens among close contacts (about 6 feet). Person-to-person spread is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Symptoms

Current symptoms reported for patients with 2019-nCoV have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, sore throat, or difficulty breathing.

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. 

As a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • 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.

CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.

The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC’s web page 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China.

West Central District Health Department is continually monitoring the situation and will provide information as necessary.  If you have questions please contact Heidi Wheeler, Emergency Response Coordinator at: 

111 N. Dewey; Suite A

North Platte, NE 69101-5439

Main Office: 308-696-1201

Direct line:  308-221-6838 

Cell:  308-660-0683 (24/7 Information Line)

Website: www.wcdhd.org

E-Mail:  wheelerh@wcdhd.org

Or Shannon Vanderheiden, Executive Director at: 

111 N. Dewey; Suite A

North Platte, NE 69101-5439

Main Office: 308-696-1201

Direct line:  308-221-6821 (24/7 Information Line)