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
- Daily Hays County COVID-19 Updates
- Governor’s statewide orders on COVID-19
- CDC Recommendation to the public to use face masks
- Continued updates on the spread of COVID-19 for Hays County
- Information on COVID-19 Hotline for Hays County residents
- COVID-19 Stay at Home Factsheet
- FDA Warning on Fraudulent Test Kits
- Guide on Self-diagnosing COVID-19 illness in Hays County
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.
Information below courtesy of the Texas Department of State Health Services
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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.
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.