Coronavirus Pandemic and Safety Precautions

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THS Today Staff

San Miguel County issues a shelter in place order.

Landon Kusuno, Staff Writer

With the coronavirus pandemic on the rise, the world has started to take major precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) named the virus “SARS-CoV-2.” The CDC also named the disease it causes “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

Coronavirus is a respiratory disease contracted through the nose and mouth. The virus then impacts your lungs. Worldwide, people are putting in tremendous amounts of effort to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Earlier this week, Kansas became the first state to cancel school for the rest of the school year. In San Miguel County, people are taking the warnings and suggestions very seriously.

On Friday, March 13, Telluride School District shut down for three weeks, soon after restaurants closed their doors (except for a few offering take-out) and a county-wide shelter-in-place was issued for residents.

San Miguel county has paired up with United Biomedical to test every resident of the county. Testing is underway and east county residents are finished with the process.  West county testing starts Thursday, April 2.

While test results are not back yet, they should become available within two to three days after testing.

The CDC recommends washing hands for twenty seconds at a time and keeping a six-foot distance from any other people.

These precautions are very important to prevent the spread of coronavirus.  By listening to the government and taking precautions seriously, there is a good chance of avoiding the virus.  Keep washing those hands and stay home.