To help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in Wharton County, here are things we ALL MUST do:

• Take this situation very seriously and educate yourself on how the virus spreads.

• Cover your mouth and nose every time you cough or sneeze – and not with your hand.

• Wash your hands frequently and vigorously for 20-plus seconds with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing.

• Stay at home and avoid contact with others not in your household – even on Easter.

• Routinely clean and disinfect frequently-touched spaces.

• Seek help if stress is not manageable and use technology to avoid social isolation.

• Wear a mask or cloth covering over your mouth and nose when out for essential goods and services.

• Keep yourself informed and updated.

• Call your medical provider if you’re experiencing a fever, cough or difficulty breathing or have had exposure.

Self-quarantining and social distancing are the best protocols you can follow at this point, especially since the Governor issued a stay at home order for all non-essential Texans and all non-essential businesses to remain closed.

Stay clean, wash your hands, avoid touching your face and disinfect high-traffic areas around your home as often as you can.  


The “don’ts” NEEDED to prevent the spread in Wharton County:


• Don’t go out as an entire family. Send one and only one person for essential goods and minimize time in public places.

• Don’t stop cleaning/disinfecting frequently-touched surfaces.

• Don’t panic or ignore signs of anxiety in your household.

• Don’t stop treatment for preexisting medical or mental health conditions.

• Don’t stop educating your kids about self-care and prevention.

• Don’t touch your eyes, nose, mouth or face without washing your hands.

• Don’t be in close contact with others. There should be absolutely no play dates, sleepovers, barbecues, seafood boils or social gatherings – even with just the extended family/friends.

• Don’t ignore symptoms or downplay your risk for illness. Contact your medical provider if you have symptoms or exposure.

• Don’t leave your home, especially if sick. Self-quarantine for a minimum of  14 days unless seeking emergency medical care or instructed by your medical care provider.

Social Distancing – What You Need to Know

One major coronavirus prevention tactic being encouraged and even enforced is social distancing.

Social distancing is an act of self-isolation to prevent and control the spread of person-to-person contagious and infectious diseases.

The objective is to reduce the probability exposure and minimize disease transmission.

Self-quarantining, whether you have symptoms or not, is key to helping make sure the spread of the disease is contained and ultimately stopped.

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