Local upcoming testing events:
Visit the Central Valley Health District Facebook page here for more information on upcoming events.
North Dakota Smart Restart Guidance:
- Smart Restart – All Industries
- Workplace Screening Guidance
- Food Establishment Coronavirus Recommendations
How COVID-19 Spreads:
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 or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- 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 occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects
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.
How easily the virus spreads
How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.
How to avoid infection with COVID-19:
Individuals should practice healthy hygiene habits to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 such as:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in public areas, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Call your healthcare provider prior to presenting at the health system if you suspect you have been infected with COVID-19.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.
COVID-19 Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control:
- Guidance for schools and childcare
- Guidance for long term care facilities
- Guidance for healthcare facilities
- Guidance for businesses and employers
- Guidiance for essential workplace
- Community mitigation guidance