Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019. Since then, tens of thousands of confirmed cases have been reported worldwide. The novel (new) coronavirus that causes COVID-19, designated SARS-CoV-2, is a new strain that was not previously identified in humans. Symptoms of infection include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday, 11 March 2020. On Friday, 13 March, a National Emergency was declared by the President of the United States, while the Governor of West Virginia ordered all public schools closed until further notice. Multiple positive cases of COVID-19 have been positively confirmed in all states and territories of the USA.
The Corporation of Harpers Ferry has set up this special page to communicate important announcements and other information to our residents, merchants, and visitors concerning COVID-19. Updates will be posted as appropriate.
If you think you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, visit the CDC's self-checker. The self-checker should only be used as a guide. If you believe you have COVID-19, seek appropriate medical care.
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The WHO and CDC are continuously monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. The WHO has established a Q&A on the pandemic, while the CDC has established an online self-checker for those who believe they may symptoms of the illness. The self-checker should only be used as a guide.
Those who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and other symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, should contact their healthcare provider for medical advice. They may be directed to one of the COVID-19 testing sites around the state. A map of these testing sites can be found here. Note that most, if not all, testing sites require a physician's order prior to testing.
In addition to social distancing and regular washing of hands for 20 seconds, the CDC advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus. Click here for further information on the use of cloth face coverings, including how to make one at home using household items. Note that the use of gloves is not recommended for the general public.
Further information about COVID-19, including daily updates, can be accessed at the pages dedicated to this evolving illness provided by the agencies below.
To stay informed about this ongoing public health concern, sign up for News and Alerts via email from the Jefferson County Health Department, under the heading "Receive Alerts by Email".
Additionally, due to our unique location, local residents who work, shop, do business, or attend events in nearby areas outside West Virginia may find the following agencies' pages helpful.
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