FROM LOCAL SOURCES
JASPER -- The Dubois County Health Department reports no cases of COVID-19 in Dubois or any of our surrounding counties, according to a statement released Friday by local health officials.
The Dubois County Health Department continues to monitor the situation, and is working with other local agencies to prepare for the virus to spread.
Local health officials ask Dubois County residents to follow the guidance of state authorities, call your doctor or ER before going in if you have symptoms and educate yourself about coronavirus.
Like influenza, human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:
- Respiratory droplets released into the air by coughing and sneezing;
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands; and
- Rarely, fecal contamination.
The best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the flu, is to:
- 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.