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Health Advisory Update: Importance of Community Social Distancing

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Health Advisory Update: Importance of Community Social Distancing

Friday, March 20, 2020

The Tompkins County Health Department (TCHD) is reinforcing the importance of social distancing for the community. Social distancing is crucial to slowing the spread of COVID-19.

Community social distancing means:

  • People should not gather in groups outside of their homes, with the exception of essential workers.
  • Keep 6 feet distance between yourself and others.
  • Minimize in-person contact.
  • Limit all outdoor recreational activities to non-contact and avoid activities that put you in close contact with people.
  • Social Distancing does not mean emotional isolation, check on friends, coworkers, neighbors through phone and text.
  • Wash hands well and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Those at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, including older adults, those who are immune-compromised, or have a chronic medical condition, especially heart or lung disease, and diabetes, should avoid in-person contact with others.

“As the number of positive cases increase, social distancing must continue to be a community effort – one in which everyone plays a part,” said Public Health Director, Frank Kruppa.

If you develop symptoms of illness including fever, cough, or trouble breathing, call your healthcare provider before seeking in-person medical care.

As this situation evolves, check the TCHD website for updates. Frequently Asked Questions are available here: