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COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) is a disease caused by a virus named SARS-CoV-2 and was discovered in December 2019. It is very contagious and has quickly spread around the world. Although COVID-19 most often causes respiratory symptoms that can feel much like a cold, a flu, or pneumonia, the disease may also attack more than your lungs and respiratory system.

  • Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people become severely ill. 

  • Some people including those with minor or no symptoms may suffer from post-COVID conditions or “long COVID”.

  • Older adults and people who have certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

  • Hundreds of thousands of people have died from COVID-19 in the United States.

  • Vaccines against COVID-19 are safe and effective. Vaccines teach our immune system to fight the virus that causes COVID-19.


Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Protect Yourself and Your Community

  • Get vaccinated and stay up to date. COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

  • Wear a mask when the level of COVID-19 transmission is HIGH in your community or if you are at increased risk of severe illness.

  • Get tested if you are experiencing symptoms or believe you have been exposed. Free at-home tests are available at the Grundy County Health Department.

  • Isolate yourself if you test positive or have symptoms.

COVID-19 Prevention

Mask Information



COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for individuals age 6 months and up. COVID-19 vaccines are free to all regardless of your insurance status and are available by appointment at the Grundy County
Health Department.

CDC Vaccines for COVID-19

Pfizer Fact Sheets

Moderna Fact Sheets


Testing is an important tool to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Free at-home tests are available at the Grundy County Health Department.

CDC COVID-19 Testing

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