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COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Mass Gatherings

March 13, 2020

Public Health Guidance for Mass Gatherings  

BUSHNELL FLA – The Sumter County Health Department is strongly urging Sumter County residents not to attend large gatherings, particularly those held indoors, if you:

  • are ill
  • are a contact to a known or suspected case of COVID-19
  • are over the age of 65 with underlying health conditions
  • are immune compromised
  • have been exposed to someone with a respiratory illness in the last 14 days
  • have chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease
  • have traveled internationally within the last 14 days, especially to destinations under a level 3 travel advisory
  • have traveled to or from a geographic area with widespread community transmission of COVID-19

“We are strongly encouraging Sumter residents to consider their personal health situations before participating in large community and social gatherings. It will take a community wide effort to combat the spread of COVID-19.” ~Dr. Sanford Zelnick Health Director Sumter County Health Department

Additionally, everyone is encouraged to:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

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