COVID-19 Basics

How can I prepare? 

There are many steps you can take to prepare yourself, your family, and your neighbors. Click here for more information on What You Can Do to Prepare. Make sure you know the Facts about COVID-19 (pdf)

Know how it spreads

  • Find information from the CDC HERE
  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • 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).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

You can help stop the spread of germs (pdf) that lead to illness by:

  • Staying home when you are sick
  • Washing your hands 
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick 
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes
  • Covering your mouth and nose with a cloth mask when out in public
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

What do I do if I get sick?

If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider.

  • Keep track of your symptoms.
  • If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get emergency medical care immediately.

What Is the Riley County Health Department Doing?

Riley County has activated what is known as a Unified Command under the National Incident Management System. We are all working closely with the MHK Clinical Task Force, city, and county governments in addition to schools and universities, law enforcement agencies, first responders, human service providers and others to protect the safety, health and well-being of all Riley County residents and to provide critical services.  

Read Local Health Orders HERE