(8-19-20) Today the City of Celina is asking ‘Mercer County residents to do their part ‘ to do their part in the current pandemic.

From the City of Celina Facebook page

Mercer County has recently become the center of attention for many people statewide as we have seen a large increase in COVID-19 in our area. At this time we are asking all Mercer County residents to do their part to protect the more vulnerable members of our population and help reduce the number of people who are becoming sick with COVID-19.

One of the most important things we can all do to help keep our community healthy is to stay home when we are sick! It is important to stay home when experiencing fever, cough, exhaustion, difficulty breathing, body aches and pains, sore throat, diarrhea, headache, or loss of taste or smell, even if there is no known exposure to someone who has COVID-19. When we are not sick, we can still help protect ourselves and each other by washing our hands frequently and wearing a mask when in public.

When someone becomes sick and is tested for COVID-19, that person should go home and remain there until the results of the test are received. If the test confirms that COVID-19 is the cause of the symptoms, then that person must self-isolate at home and not have contact with others until ten days have passed from the first day of symptoms. After the ten days have passed, the person is considered to be released from isolation if symptoms have improved and the person has been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

A person who has come into close contact (less than six feet apart for more than 15 minutes) with someone who has COVID-19 must quarantine at home for 14 days from the date of last contact with that person. This applies to anyone who was in close contact with the person with COVID between two days before and ten days after that person developed symptoms.

In both of the situations described above, it is very important that people remain at home and avoid contact with others. By doing this, we can help prevent additional sickness, help get our kids in school and keep them there, and work our way back to a more normal life.