While there are currently no known cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ellis County, the county’s Local Health Authority and Emergency Management will continue to monitor the outbreak closely, and is working daily with state and national health authorities.

Expert advice and protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) are being followed and passed on to local health care providers, hospitals and school districts.

County health officials urge residents to follow guidelines from the CDC and DSHS websites, which includes information for travelers, businesses, and healthcare providers about how the virus spreads, its symptoms and how to protect yourself.

Illness prevention tips:

Stay home when you feel sick

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 available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Ellis County officials will continue to monitor COVID-19.

For more information, visit co.ellis.tx.us/948/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.