Local officials offer tips from CDC to avoid coronavirus

GALESBURG, Ill. (NEWS3) — Local government and health officials are closely monitoring developments surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.

The Galesburg/Knox County Emergency Management Agency officials said they’re keeping a close eye on information from the Centers for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Officials are also working closely with the Knox County Health Department, who would inform local leaders if there is a public health or safety concern that may affect the community.

Officials said, as with any respiratory virus, they recommend everyday practices that will help keep people health and avoid illness. Tips on following good health habits:

  • Frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw it away. Wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces.
  • Stay at home if you have a fever or are otherwise unwell. Avoid contact with people who have a fever or are otherwise unwell.

Symptoms of the coronavirus include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. In any case, if you have these symptoms, seek medical care early to reduce the risk of developing a more severe infection and be sure to share your recent travel history with your healthcare provider. It is recommended that before going to the doctor’s office or urgent care, call with your concerns to avoid contact with others.

The most up-to-date information on coronavirus is available via the following links:
Anyone can also contact the Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 hotline at (800) 889-3931 or e-mail DPH.SICK@ILLINOIS.GOV with specific questions about coronavirus.