Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


We are continuing to monitor news sources and agency updates from the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), the MI Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and the Oakland County Health Department for the latest info and guidance regarding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that has now spread to the United States. It is mild for most people but can cause severe illness and result in death for some. Older adults and people with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease or diabetes, have the greatest risk of becoming severely ill. There is no vaccine and no medications approved to treat COVID-19 at this time.

How it Spreads
COVID-19 spreads from person to person, mainly through coughs and sneezes of infected people or between people who are in close contact.

How to Protect Yourself and Others
The most important thing you can do is to practice everyday healthy behaviors that prevent the spread of germs.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Don't touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water aren't available. Look for one with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Practice social distancing

These actions don't just protect you. They help keep our whole community safe, especially our most vulnerable residents, by slowing the spread of the disease.

Click here to learn how Oakland County has prepared and created educational information for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) prevention efforts.

Click here for resources on how to plan, prepare, and respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Information provided by the CDC. 

Masks Are Recommended
In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slow the spread of the virus. CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. The cloth face coverings recommended are NOT surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that MUST continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

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How A Mask Works

  • COVID-19 spreads mainly among people who are in close contact.
  • All of us have droplets in coughs and sneezes that can carry COVID-19 to others.
  • Coughs spray droplets at least 6 feet. Sneezes travel as far as 27 feet. Droplets also may spread when we talk or raise our voices.
  • These droplets can land on your face or in your mouth, eyes, and nose.
  • When you wear a mask, it keeps more of your droplets with you.
  • A mask also adds an extra layer of protection between you and other people’s droplets.

State Mask Risk Graphic

COVID-19 Rumor Control:
FEMA has provided information to the public to help distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Click here to learn more. 

What to Do If You're Sick:
When you're sick, stay home! Don't spread infections to others. When you're sick with any respiratory illness:

  • Stay home. Don't go to school or work.
  • Minimize contact with others in your household.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don't have a tissue, cough into your elbow rather than your hand.
  • Wash or sanitize hands immediately after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, like doorknobs, phones, and faucets.
Symptoms of COVID-19
If you suspect you are infected with COVID-19, call ahead before visiting ANY medical facility so they can prepare. Do not go to an emergency room with mild symptoms. 

The symptoms of COVID-19 are:
  • fever
  • cough
  • colds
  • headache
  • diarrhea
  • shortness of breath
  • sore throat
  • joint and muscle pain
Call your doctor right away if you experience these symptoms and have: 
  • been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or
  • recently traveled from an area with ongoing community spread
Check out the CDC Fact Sheet with more information about what to do if you are sick with COVID-19.

Viruses Don’t Discriminate and Neither Should We 
Public health emergencies, such as the outbreak of coronavirus disease, are stressful times for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can lead to social stigma toward people, places, or things. You can reduce stigma if you:

  • Rely on and share trusted sources of information
  • Speak up if you hear, see or read misinformation
  • Show support for impacted individuals and communities
Learn more about social stigma and how to reduce it from the CDC

Travel advisories
Several countries are experiencing rapid community spread of COVID-19. The CDC recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to these countries. If you have trips planned, check the latest CDC travel guidelines.


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