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COVID-19: Ways to Stay Safe

Now is the time to do everything we can to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in our County.  We need and appreciate everyone's cooperation by limiting your interaction with others and are asking people to STAY HOME whenever possible. This will help protect our most vulnerable neighbors.  

We understand this pandemic may appear dreadful, but if you follow the Centers for Disease Control recommendations you can keep yourself and the community healthy.

  • Social Distancing - try to limit your social interactions to groups of less than 10 people and remain 6 feet apart

  • Self-Quarantine - if you or someone in your household is sick, stay at home

  • Wash Your Hands - use soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds

  • Cover Coughs and Sneezes - use a tissue that you throw away or the inside of your elbow

  • Clean and Disinfect - clean frequently touched surfaces on a daily basis

While every age demographic is susceptible to COVID-19, there are specific populations that are more likely to develop more severe cases:

  • Elderly Individuals

  • People with underlying medical conditions (lung disease, heart disease, diabetes, etc.), or compromised immune systems

This respiratory infection can cause:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of Breath

If you think that you or someone you know may have the virus, contact your medical professional.

If you develop the Emergency Warning Signs* for the Coronavirus, get medical attention immediately:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion or inability to arouse

  • Bluish lips or face

COVID-19 symptoms are similar to Flu symptoms.

With both flu and COVID-19 circulating this season, getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever. Learn more about what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones on the CDC website:

For more information about seasonal flu, see

*This list is not all inclusive. Consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.  

For more information, visit the CDC and Texas Department of State Health Services


Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas case counts

National case counts and scroll down for a map

State Call Line: 2-1-1 option 6 - State call line with specialist to help answer questions

HHSC for COVID Questions - call 512-393-5525

HHSC NON-COVID Questions - TB, Immunizations, records - call Hays County Local Health main number 512-393-5520

As information is made available to us, Hays County is working to keep you informed. Text: alerthays to 888777 for most current updates in Hays County. 

Continue to check the following sites for additional information:

Hays County website, the CDC, and the Texas Department of State Health Services

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