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COVID-19 

 COVID-19

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The Health Department's phone line will be available Monday- Friday
8:00
am-5:00pm. Please call (559)584-1401 and Press 6 with any questions
regarding COVID-19. 

As of 4/3/2020, the number of Kings County Coronavirus (COVID-19)  

Samples Collected by Health Dept.: 116
Negative Tests Received: 105
Being Monitored: 23
Confirmed Cases: 5

Kings County Department of Public Health is not the only agency that is testing for COVID-19. The number above indicating how many samples have been collected is the number of samples that our department has collected. 

***Webpage updated Daily by 9:00 am***

Being Monitored - individual with positive travel or contact history, or who has symptoms compatible with COVID-19 and after other respiratory illnesses have been ruled out. The individual may be tested for COVID-19 or not based on provider or Public Health assessment. Monitoring is daily check-ins with Public Health and temperature checks.

Criteria for testing - KCDPH is no longer testing for COVID-19. Your healthcare provider will determine the need for COVID-19 testing and order it if necessary. The current criteria for testing include symptoms of a respiratory infection (fever, cough, runny nose, or shortness of breath). Click here for a list of Providers testing for COVID-19 in Kings County. 

The Department of Public Health is closely tracking the progress of COVID-19. Plans are in place to protect residents, limit exposure, and address concerns as they arise. 

       

Call your doctor

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

If you're feeling mildly ill 

  • Stay home except for getting medical care.
  • Do not go to work, school, or any other public place.
  • Do not travel using public transportation.
  • Tylenol may be used for fever control and body pain (use according to product recommendations).
  • Over the counter cough medicines can help with a cough pain (use according to product recommendations).
  • Eat a healthy diet including lots of fresh fruit.
  • Avoid sodas and other high sugar junk foods.
  • Fresh air and sunlight are the best air purifiers, open windows and shades if conditions permit.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of fresh water.

 

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or health condition

It is important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease, including: 

  • Call you primary provider to update them on your status 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay away from large gatherings and crowds.
  • Stay home as much as possible. Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks.

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What you can do? 

As with any virus, especially during the flu season, there are a number of very effective steps you can take to protect your health and those around you:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after using the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.

Remember, colds and flu are common this time of year.  If you come in contact with an individual with cold or flu symptoms, protect yourself using the steps shown above. 

Resources

Public:

   Kings County Department of Public Health Press Releases