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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Some cause illness in people, and others, such as canine and feline coronaviruses, only infect animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses that infect animals have emerged to infect people and can spread between people.
This is suspected to have occurred for the virus that causes COVID-19. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) are two other examples of coronaviruses that originated from animals and then spread to people.
This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person to person. It's important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. 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.
People with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
COVID-19 spreads through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others. How long someone is actively sick can vary so the decision on when to release someone from isolation is made on a case-by-case basis in consultation with doctors, infection prevention and control experts, and public health officials and involves considering specifics of each situation including disease severity, illness signs and symptoms, and results of laboratory testing for that patient.
Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure.
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), either. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
While the COVID-19 virus seems to have emerged from an animal source, it is now spreading from person-to-person to across the world. There is no reason to think that any animals including pets in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus. To date, CDC has not received any reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19. At this time, there is no evidence that companion animals including pets can spread COVID-19. However, since animals can spread other diseases to people, it's always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals. For more information on the many benefits of pet ownership, as well as staying safe and healthy around animals including pets, livestock, and wildlife, visit CDC's Healthy Pets, Healthy People website.
You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus. When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask.
Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness including older adults, and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.
Your healthcare provider and public health staff will evaluate whether you can be cared for at home. If it is determined that you do not need to be hospitalized and can be isolated at home, you will be monitored by staff from your local or state health department. Whether or not you are ill, you should cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid sharing household items such as dishes, cups, and even towels with other people, and clean all frequently touched counters and tabletops.
People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ridesharing, or taxis. If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider's office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
Follow CDC travel restrictions. In addition, read more about Texas Travel Restrictions (PDF).
For an updated number of cases, please visit the WCCHD.org - COVID-19 Dashboard page.
Williamson County has a contract with Family Emergency Room to provide COVID-19 testing services. Residents can count on drive-through style testing at the two Family Emergency Room locations in Cedar Park, one located on Whitestone Boulevard and the other on Lakeline Boulevard, and at their Round Rock facility on A.W. Grimes Boulevard. For more information or to schedule an appointment to get tested, visit the Family Hospital Systems - COVID-19 page. The Williamson County and Cities Health District are also conducting COVID-19 testing. For details on locations and to schedule an appointment, visit the WCCHD.org - COVID-19 page.
The Williamson County Justice Center, 405 MLK, Georgetown, remains open for required judicial activities. Any person entering the building will have their temperature taken, as well as the normal screening. You can view specific information on judicial activities by visiting Elected Officials - District Courts page.
For information on motor vehicles and registration, please visit the Tax Assessor Collector page.
Here are the organizations that we are aware of that are offering food pantries. To find a list of additional resources by zip code, go to our Community Resources page.
The Caring Place Georgetown2000 Railroad Avenue Georgetown, TX 78626Phone: 512-943-0700Tuesdays and Thursdays10 am to noon
RR Serving Center1099 E Main Street Round Rock, TX 78664Phone: 512-244-2431Monday, Wednesday, and Friday11 am to 2 pm
Hill Country Community Ministries1005 Lacy Dr. Leander, TX 78641Phone: 512-259-0360Monday through Friday9 am to 3 pm
In Williamson County, please reach out to one of the following resources for mental health assistance.
Yes. At this time, Williamson County-owned or funded parks are open to the public during regular hours for exercise and outdoor activity as long as the Social Distancing requirements are followed. Please follow the Williamson County Parks page and social media for any updates on access to County owned or funded parks. For information regarding public access to non-County parks owned or operated by other jurisdictions, please contact those jurisdictions directly.
Please contact friends, family, or others you know who can provide support, as well as social service groups, food banks, and area churches. They are permitted to pick up and deliver any of your necessities. You can also order food and other supplies and have them delivered to your Residence.
Other available resources include:
Meals on Wheels for Williamson and Burnet Counties (meal delivery for seniors).Telephone: 512-763-1400, ext. 2004
For information on the county's COVID-19 response, please visit the COVID-19 page. The Texas Department of State Health Services is updating information as the pandemic evolves in the state, for the latest on policies and procedures visit DSHS.Texas.gov - Coronavirus page. The Williamson County and Cities Health District has a plethora of data including a dashboard with information on COVID-19 cases in the county, which can be found on the WCCHD.org - COVID-19 Dashboard page.
Please check with your healthcare provider regarding specific procedures that you are considering.
For the latest information on state policies regarding events and Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Orders, please visit the Gov.Texas.gov - Coronavirus Executive Orders, Funding, and Waivers page.
Para mantenerse al tanto de toda la información con respecto al Coronavirus en español, visite esta página web.
Williamson County is working with three area non-profits in order to provide rent and utility assistance to individuals due to COVID-19 as part of Wilco Forward Phase III.
Each agency will handle the application and vetting process in their service areas, along with the issuing of the checks directly to the landlord, property management company, or utility company. The following are the service areas for each entity.
Read more about the program on the Williamson County website.