How can I keep myself and others healthy?
Everyone can take steps to protect themselves against COVID-19:
- Get vaccinated and boosted. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19 illness. Visit the COVID-19 vaccine webpage to find nearby locations offering COVID-19.
- Follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine if you test positive for COVID-19 or are around someone who tests positive.
- Monitor COVID-19 Community Levels for Clark County and take precautions based on local levels. COVID-19 Community Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area.
Everyday practices to prevent colds, influenza and other respiratory illnesses can also protect people against COVID-19. Clark County Public Health recommends people take the following actions to keep themselves healthy:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
- Stay home and away from others when sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
What should I do if I have symptoms?
Anyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 -- even those who are fully vaccinated or have had COVID-19 in the past -- should be tested for COVID-19. Testing can be done at a local medical office or testing site or by using an at-home rapid antigen test.
People who are unable to access testing through their regular health care provider, those who do not have a health care provider or those who are uninsured can find providers offering testing on our COVID-19 testing webpage.
What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
People who have COVID-19 can spread the virus to others. Anyone who has COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status, should isolate at home so they don't spread the virus to others.
Those who test positive for COVID-19 should stay home and away from others (isolate) for at least 5 days, regardless of vaccination status. Day 1 is the first full day after symptoms developed or, if no symptoms, the date of the test.
Visit the CDC website for more information about isolation. And see the handout, What to do if you have confirmed or suspected COVID-19, for additional guidance.
Public Health also asks everyone who tests positive to notify anyone they were in close contact with that they may have been exposed to COVID-19.
What should I do if I'm around someone who tests positive?
Anyone who has had close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 may be at risk of getting sick. Anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status, should wear a mask around others for 10 days after their last exposure. Day 1 is the first full day after last contact with the person who has COVID-19.
People who have been exposed to COVID-19 should monitor themselves for symptoms and take extra precautions if they have to be around people who are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19. These precautions should continue for 10 days after their last exposure.
If someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 develops symptoms, they should get tested right away.
Visit the CDC website for more information about what to do when exposed to COVID-19. See the handout, What to do if you were potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19, for additional information.