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Please remember that emergency responders can not diagnose in the field. All individuals arriving at the ER are treated first - on the severity of their symptoms and second - on the order of arrival.
Current understanding about how COVID-19 spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. COVID-19 can spread:
A person may get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their mouth, nose, or eyes. Surface or object exposure is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, so the best way to protect yourself from illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Everyday preventative actions can help mitigate the spread of respiratory viruses including:
People are encouraged to follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
Contact Collin County Health Care Services at 972-548-5534 (day) or 972-547-5350 (after hours). After hours, the call will be answered by Collin County 9-1-1. The caller will need to ask for the CCHCS on-call doctor and they will be connected.
If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus, follow the steps below to prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community:
Monitor your symptoms and if placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring, follow instructions provided by the local health department.
The people considered to be most at-risk for contracting COVID-19 currently are:
If a person has recently traveled to a country with a sustained outbreak and has developed symptoms, they should call their doctor. Traveler information including returning from travel, canceling or postponing travel, air or cruise travel, and business travel can be found at the following link: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.