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Covid-19 General Preparedness

These simple steps can help you prepare your home, minimize your risk of exposure, and protect others from the Coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Medications: make sure you have enough medication, like blood pressure pills, to last for two weeks. Aside from prescriptions, make sure you have pain reliever (ibuprofen), stomach remedies, and cold and cough medicines.
  • Masks: only wear a mask if you are sick or are caring for someone with COVID-19.
  • Cleaning Supplies: plan on cleaning surfaces in your house that get touched frequently – such as kitchen counters and bathroom faucets – several times a day. Keep “high touch surfaces” in your house clean with household cleaning sprays or wipes.
  • Wash Hands: as soon as you get home before touching common household surfaces. Scrub your hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Hand Sanitizer: carry and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Flu Shot: if you haven’t already gotten your flu shot yet, it’s still a good idea to get one.
  • Other: keep plenty of go-to food supplies on hand such as nonperishable foods and hydrating drinks, such as Gatorade or Pedialyte for kids.

It is important that everyone take steps to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus, especially to protect those who are most vulnerable. Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus:


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • 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.
  • Use a facemask if you are showing symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s travel guidance.


  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Those at high risk for severe COVID-19 related health consequences include:

  • People ages 65 and older
  • People with weak immune systems
  • People with preexisting conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, hypertension, and cancer.
  • Healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19
  • Travelers returning from affected locations where community spread is occurring also are at elevated risk of exposure.

Covid-19 Questions & Concerns

Notice: BCHHS Public Health Preparedness is here as a resource. If you have additional non-medical questions about COVID-19 preparedness planning, please email us with the form below.


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