As most of you are likely aware, Hays County, along with all other major counties in the State of Texas, is currently under “stay at home” orders through April 30th. That means that you can only leave your house for necessary items, like food and medicine.
It’s also recommended that all residents in Hays County practice social distancing, work from home, and apply all the recommended health and safety tips being supplied by officials.
Below are some resources you can use to stay up to date on COVID-19 changes in Dripping Springs.
Hays County and Dripping Springs COVID-19 Resources
Hays County COVID-19 Safety Tips
Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times a day, including between your fingers and underneath your nails. Handwashing is considered the best way to remove germs and dirt, and hand sanitizers should be used only when handwashing is not available. The hand sanitizers should be at least 60 percent alcohol to be effective.
Avoid handshaking and high-fives.
Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Stay home when you feel sick.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue then put the tissue in the trash, or use the crook of your elbow if a tissue isn’t available.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household disinfectant cleaning spray or wipe. Clean cell and desk phones, computer keyboards, door handles, and work surfaces often.
The CDC is now recommending persons visiting grocery stores, pharmacies, etc., wear cloth face masks to help keep from spreading COVID-19 since people who are not experiencing symptoms may be contagious. If you have close, frequent contact with a sick person you should also wear a mask as should the patient if he or she is able to wear one.
Avoid travel to areas that have been designated high-risk areas because of multiple verified cases of Corona.
Individuals are encouraged to avoid large gatherings. This includes, but is not limited to concerts, plays, sporting events, gymnasiums, dances, and restaurants. Recreation activities that can be practiced in private are encouraged. This virus spreads by person-to-person transmission just like the flu, so limiting human contact can help prevent COVID-19 from spreading.
If you are concerned that you have been exposed to coronavirus, contact your healthcare provider or the Hays County Local Health Department at 512-393-5525 to discuss your exposure risk. If you are experiencing symptoms you may be directed to your health care provider or local hospital emergency room
. The Hays County Local Health Department has a monitoring protocol in place which will be explained to you if your symptoms warrant it.
Information below courtesy of the Texas Department of State Health Services
What are the symptoms of COVID‑19?
Patients with COVID‑19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms can include:
Shortness of breath
At this time, CDC believes that symptoms of COVID‑19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS coronaviruses.
How does COVID‑19 spread?
Current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19) spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID‑19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Early on, many of the patients in the COVID‑19 outbreak in Wuhan, China had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, it is now clear that person-to-person spread is occurring. There is much more to learn about the transmissibility, severity, and other features associated with COVID‑19, and investigations are ongoing.