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Posted on: March 5, 2020

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CoVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person just like the flu or a cold:

  • Through the air by coughing or sneezing
  • Close personal contact, like touching or shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the  virus on it
  • Occasionally, through fecal contamination.

The virus that causes CoVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan,  China.


Lancaster County recommends taking the following actions to help prevent the spread of CoVID-19:

  • Clean hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, and nose.
  • Clean surfaces frequently with a cleaner such as bleach wipes.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Stay home and consult a healthcare provider if you are sick.
  • Do not return to work until you are fever-free (under 100.4°) for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.


If you or your family has travel plans in place, you can stay up-to-date with current travel guidance from the CDC at: 

Prevention Poster:

 Corona Virus COVID-19

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