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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - KNOW THE FACTS

Updated 03/20/2020

United Way Galveston County Mainland is monitoring the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the U.S. and Galveston County.  We encourage you to learn more about the spread of the virus to protect yourself and your family.  

Upcoming Meetings & Trainings Postponed through April 13th, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution, United Way Galveston County Mainland has made the decision to postpone all upcoming meetings and trainings through April 13th, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 threat.  
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, as we are doing our part in minimizing the spread of COVID-19.  We are taking precautionary measures to protect the health of our community, and are following the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to cancel gatherings of 50 participants or more. 
Notifications will go out when these meetings and trainings are rescheduled.


The virus was first detected in Wuhan, China, and is currently known as  “novel coronavirus” (COVID-19), meaning it is a strain of virus not previously seen in humans. This virus presents as an upper respiratory illness with symptoms similar to the common flu and is spreading person-to-person. The virus has caused death, but cases have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness including pneumonia, depending on a variety of factors that are not yet fully known.
Symptoms reported for patients with the virus have included runny nose, headache, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, fever, and a general feeling of being unwell. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated that individuals may begin to experience the symptoms of the virus 2-14 days after exposure.  Individuals who have recently traveled to China or other affected geographic area and individuals who have had close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient are most at risk.
For more detailed information, visit the CDC website: 


A COVID-19 outbreak could go on for an extended period of time, so you need to create a household plan of action so you will be prepared.  The CDC has guidelines to help families create a plan of action, regarding personal health habits for the home, preparations for a temporary closure of school, childcare facilities, or workplace, and how to plan.  Visit the CDC website for more detailed information:
The CDC is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19.  To view the global case numbers, visit: For detailed information on cases in the United States, visit:
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person when individuals are in close contact with one another and respiratory droplets produced by an infected person (coughing, sneezing) land in the mouths or noses of nearby people. Transmission can also occur via contact with infected surfaces or objects. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or their eyes.
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus, so the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus by taking proactive actions including:
  • Scrub your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  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.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objected and surfaces.
  • Get a flu shot if you have not done so already.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.  The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
Call your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms, have been in close contact with a person know to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.
World Health Organization:
Additional Information:
Texas Department of State Health Services:
Galveston County Health District has opened an information call center to answer your questions 409.938.7221, option 1.  The call center is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.