Prevent Getting Sick

Here are some steps you can take to slow the spread of COVID-19:
Wear a mask

Wear a face covering

especially indoors or in crowded outdoor places

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Get the vaccine

It's the most effective way to protect yourself and others

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Wash your hands

often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

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Cover your cough or sneeze

with your arm or inner elbow, NOT your hands

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Avoid close contact

with people who are sick

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Stay home when you are sick,

except to get medical care

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Avoid touching

your eyes, nose and mouth.

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Clean and disinfect

frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Cloth Face Coverings/Masks

To align with the recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health issued a mask advisory urging everyone to wear a mask indoors and in crowded areas regardless of vaccine status until further notice. The advisory follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance for an area with substantial community spread of COVID-19.

We advise businesses, schools, and organizations to request all employees, visitors and customers continue to wear masks inside their facilities to the greatest extent possible.

The CDC still recommends everyone wear masks when they are in a healthcare setting, when they are traveling on public transportation, including airplanes, and when they are in a business or employer that chooses to require masks.

Face Covering Tips

The use of simple cloth face coverings slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  DO NOT place cloth face coverings on children under age 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing.

Cloth face coverings should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use. If you are in a private setting and do not have your cloth face covering on, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.