Governor Lamont Tells Residents State Closely Monitoring for Possible Cases of Coronavirus
In a recent
, Governor Ned Lamont informed Connecticut residents
that the State of Connecticut is continuing to closely monitor the outbreak of coronavirus in China. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced several confirmed cases in the United States, none of which are in Connecticut.
"The state is closely monitoring reported cases and remaining cautious on behalf of the public," Governor Lamont said. "We want to make sure that we are doing everything we can to provide updated information on these developments to the people of our state. We ask that the public not panic but take possible symptoms seriously and consult a healthcare professional."
CDC believes, at this time, that symptoms of the coronavirus may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
Symptoms of the coronavirus may include:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- A general feeling of being unwell
While there is currently no vaccine for this coronavirus, everyday preventative actions can help stop the spread of this and other respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- 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
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
Individuals who are experiencing symptoms and may have traveled to areas of concern or have been in contact with somebody who has traveled to these areas should call ahead to their healthcare provider before presenting for treatment.
The most recent guidance from the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) about the outbreak of a new coronavirus in China is available
to read the Governor's full press release.
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