COVID-19: What to Know

What is COVID-19?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person and is diagnosed with a laboratory test. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China in December 2019.

There is no COVID-19 vaccine yet. Prevention involves frequent hand-washing, practicing respiratory etiquette such as coughing into a tissue or the bend of your elbow, social distancing and staying home when you are sick.

The spread of this new coronavirus is being monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization and health organizations across the globe. On March 11th, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic. CaroMont Health is actively working with the state and with partners throughout the region to ensure that our community is as protected as possible.