COVID-19 is the name given to the virus that triggered our recent global pandemic that began in 2020. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through respiratory droplets and small particles produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. The virus spreads easily in crowded or poorly ventilated indoor settings. Some people who are infected show no symptoms while others develop illness that ranges from mild-severe.
The incubation period after exposure ranges from 2-14 days, with an average of 5 days. People with COVID-19 are generally considered potentially infectious up to 48 hours before symptoms begin through 10 days after. People with severe illness may be infectious longer. Door County Public Health encourages everyone to stay at home if ill, use care if exposed, and continue to be cautious in public places.
Symptoms may include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
If you believe you were exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms, testing is offered through our healthcare system partners and private pharmacies. Door County Public Health no longer has self-tests available; self-tests are available for purchase over-the-counter at pharmacies and online. Beginning September 25, 2023, households will again be able to order four free tests through COVIDTests.gov. These tests will detect the currently circulating COVID-19 variants.
If you test positive for COVID-19 or are sick and suspect you have COVID-19, please follow the current CDC Isolation Guidelines.
Door County Public Health (DCPH) always offers the most current COVID-19 vaccine available. DCPH will offer the Pfizer COVID 2023-24 vaccine beginning in October. Appointments will be required. Visit the Clinics page for schedule.
Please visit Staying Up to Date with Your Vaccines for current vaccine recommendations.
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