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Information and guidelines for community spread COVID-19

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Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Person-to-Person Spread – 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, sneezes or talks.
• 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 symptomatic.
• Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with COVID-19 but this is not  thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Spread from contact with contaminated 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. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community
spread”).

This is why it is important to follow state and local guidance
• In accordance with Governor Stitt’s Executive Order, all Oklahomans who are 65 or older or immunocompromised adults and children are instructed to shelter at home until April 30 unless you are getting groceries or prescriptions or participating in daily exercise.
• Oklahomans of all ages should avoid close contact with people who are sick, do not gather in groups of more than 10, stay at least six feet away from other people, and wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after returning home.

Source: Oklahoma State Department of Health, City of Ponca City and CDC.gov