Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 is the common name for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It was originally identified in December of 2019 in Wuhan, China and has spread around the globe. COVID-19 is a part of the coronavirus family of viruses which cause a series of respiratory illnesses. Like most respiratory illnesses, COVID-19 spreads through the droplets that one projects out of their mouth or nose. 

As a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help deter the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For further information and updates please visit the Anne Arundel County Department of Health website, CDC COVID-19 main page, and the MD Department of Health COVID-19 main page.

CDC Guidance - Symptoms of COVID-19

CDC Guidance - COVID-19 Facts

CDC Guidance - COVID-19 Symptoms (Spanish)

CDC Guidance -COVID-19 Stop the Germs (Spanish)

Influenza Update: 

It is important that we all do our part to prevent the emergence of a "twindemic."   :

  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Wash your hands frequently; use hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Get a yearly flu shot. (It’s never too late!)
  • Stay informed. You can get coronavirus updates and information on the CDC COVID-19 main page.

The same things that are used to prevent the spread of the flu are also those that prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For more information, including flu prevention techniques, please review the Maryland Department of Health’s Influenza Fact Sheet.