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 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
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.