Ways to Protect Yourself From Illness

Summit County Public Health recommends the following strategies to protect yourself from becoming infected with the novel coronavirus.

  • Practice hand hygiene frequently: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. Find more information on important handwashing techniques and when to use hand sanitizer, see the CDC hand hygiene fact sheet (pdf). This document is useful to post in workplaces.
  • Use and promote proper cough and sneeze etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow shirt sleeve, not your hand. If you use a tissue to cover your cough or sneeze, throw it in the trash immediately afterward and then wash your hands properly.
  • Avoid touching your face unless your hands are recently cleaned.
  • Practice physical distancing by maintaining at least 6 feet of separation from ill persons.
  • Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces.
  • Get a flu shot to reduce the stress on local health response.
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public settings where physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).

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Physical Distancing in Summit County

Physical distancing is the most important tool we have in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Google and Unacast have developed tools to measure how well we’re doing and how we compare with other communities across the country.

  • Google is publishing COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports, which aim to provide insights into populations’ behavior changes in response to policies aimed at combating COVID-19. The reports chart communities’ movement trends over time by geography, across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces and residences.
  • Unacast created an interactive Physical Distancing Scoreboard, updated daily, to empower organizations to measure and understand the efficacy of physical distancing initiatives at the local level. On Sunday, April 5, Summit County had an A-.
The Google model shows that Summit County recreational and retail activity has declined by 86 percen
The unacast model gives Summit County an A minus.