While we are still learning about this new virus, CDC guidance says the COVID-19 virus is transmitted by being in close contact with someone who has the virus – within 6 feet for more than 10 minutes or through respiratory droplets when someone coughs or sneezes. Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
If you are identified as a close contact of someone who is a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19, JCDHE will contact you so you can quarantine at home for 14 days. Simply walking past someone with COVID-19 at the grocery store or a restaurant is not considered a close contact which is why we don’t publish the locations of where laboratory-confirmed cases have been.
Now that COVID-19 is circulating in the community, the best way to avoid getting the virus is to not be exposed to it. Avoiding crowds and large gatherings (more than 10 people), staying away from sick people and maintaining physical distance between others (6-8 feet) is the best way to protect yourself.