Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance
CDC Guidance on Social Distancing
We all have personal responsibility to take care of ourselves and others, to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
All residents are urged to practice social distancing (about six feet away from other people) whenever possible. Please continue to wash hands, utilize hand sanitizer, and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow.
All higher-risk individuals should avoid large gatherings, limit time in public areas, and not congregate in groups. Higher-risk individuals include:
- older adults
- anyone with underlying health conditions, such as heart or lung disease or diabetes
- anyone with weakened immune systems, and
- anyone who is pregnant.
With that in mind, residents should take measures to limit interactions with persons who are at higher risk for COVID-19.
Kane County Health Department Guidance
CDC Guidance for Travelers Returning to US
On March 15, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidelines for travelers who are returning to the United States after recently traveling to countries experiencing widespread transmission of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Beginning immediately, the CDC guidelines for travelers are as follows:
- Anyone returning to the United States from countries with a level 3 alert should stay home and monitor their health for 14 days after returning to the US.
- Anyone returning to the United States from countries with a level 2 alert should monitor their health and limit interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the US.
Travelers Prohibited from Entry to the United States
To slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) into the United States, CDC is working with public health partners to implement travel procedures announced in several Presidential proclamations on novel coronavirus.
American citizens, lawful permanent residents, and their families who have been in specific countries in the past 14 days will be allowed to enter the United States but will be redirected to one of 13 airports. If you are returning from one of these countries, you should stay home and monitor your health. More information is available on the CDC’s Travelers Returning from High Risk Countries webpage.
WHAT DOES "MONITOR YOUR HEALTH" MEAN?
- Take your temperature with a thermometer twice a day and watch for a fever. A fever is a temperature 100.4°F/38°C or higher.
- Watch for symptoms including a fever, cough, trouble breathing, shortness of breath.
- If you experience a fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher) or any other symptoms, call your health care provider immediately. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
- Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period after returning home to the United States. Discuss your work situation with your employer BEFORE returning to work.
- Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the 14-day period.
- Avoid crowded places (shopping centers, schools, workplace, church, and movie theaters).
- Keep your distance from others (six feet or two meters away)
- Seek medical care immediately. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
- Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your current symptoms.
- Avoid contact with others.