AUSTIN, Texas - Austin Public Health says as of March 5 at 4:30 p.m. it has received no positive test results for COVID-19.
APH says it is still waiting for the results of initial tests sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta earlier this week and that a number of additional people remain under monitoring following their return from travel abroad.
"This is a normal and expected process that has happened more than 75 times across the state over the past six weeks," said Dr. Mark Escott, Austin Interim Health Authority, says in a news release.
Dr. Escott stresses in the release that Austin-Travis County is prepared for the possibility of confirmed COVID-19 cases and that officials have taken proactive preparedness measures.
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"We are ready to work with hospitals, physicians, clinicians, schools, places of worship and all members of the community to effectively combat and prevent the spread of this virus," said Dr. Escott.
Officials remind everyone that they can help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses, including influenza and COVID-19, by following these measures:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cough or sneeze into your elbow or use a tissue to cover it, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- If people feel unwell they should contact their primary care provider before going to a clinic, urgent care or emergency department, to prevent any potential spread.