The goal of this pandemic response since March was to “flatten the curve.” This process was implemented so we did not overwhelm our healthcare systems with acutely ill individuals.
For the first time in this long, exhausting, pandemic response, Jefferson County is facing the surge of pandemic spread and illness. For those reasons I have recommend and will continue to recommend best practices identified by the CDC and IDPH:
*Wear a mask/face covering
*Stay home when even mildly ill
*Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/upper arm
*Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
Individual actions impact the health of the public. Large or small actions have a positive or negative impact on others. As with any communicable disease process, humans build anti-bodies the following ways: by exposure without illness, by exposure with illness or by vaccinations. The reality of all communicable illness, is that at some point we will all be exposed to or potentially become ill from COVID-19. Thus, “flattening the curve.”
Jefferson County Public Health and community partners have been diligently working with pandemic preparedness for COVID-19 since January 2020. Thank you for your continued support with this on-going response. Now more than ever come together for the greater good and the health of our community.