As of Monday, there are no reported cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Trinity County, according to the Trinity County Health and Human Services Public Health Branch. HHS-PHB continues to work closely with the California Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor COVID-19 activity.

Most often, the spread of respiratory viruses from person-to-person happens among close contacts (within 6 feet). Trinity County HHS-PHB wants to remind residents that there are a number of steps you can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, including influenza and COVID-19:

► Wash hands with soap and water frequently.

► Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

► Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

► Staying away from work, school and other people if you become ill with respiratory symptoms such as cough, sore throat, and/or fever.

Influenza continues to circulate and make individuals ill. Flu vaccine continues to be available for this flu season and HHS-PHB recommends vaccination for those 6 months of age and older not already vaccinated against flu.

If you have recently returned from a region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials. For more information go to: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/ 2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

You may have questions about whether a paper face mask, some-times called surgical mask, or N-95 respirator will protect you from COVID-19.

Here are the facts:

A paper face mask is helpful only to prevent you from infecting others.

N-95 respirators must be specially fitted in order to be effective in reducing the risk of disease. They are used by health care providers who are caring for infectious patients.

People who wear masks or N-95 respirators improperly actually increase their own risk of infection, because they may continually adjust them by touching their faces.

You can also prepare for the other possible disruptions caused by an outbreak:

► Make sure you have a supply of all essential medications for your family;

► Make a child care plan in case you or a care giver become sick;

► Make arrangements about how your family will manage a school closure; and

► Make a plan for how you can care for a sick family member without getting sick yourself.

Contact Trinity County Public Health at 623-8209 (1-800-766-6147) or your health care provider if you have any questions or concerns.

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