What is COVID-19

The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by a new coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Because it is a new virus, scientists are learning more each day. Although most people who have COVID-19 have mild symptoms, COVID-19 can also cause severe illness and even death. Some groups, including older adults and people who have certain underlying medical conditions, are at increased risk of severe illness.

Stay at home if you have either:

  • A High Temperature– this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)

  • A New, Continuous Cough– this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

Do not go to a health center, doctor’s office, pharmacy, or hospital. Self-isolate immediately and call the following telephone numbers:

St. James Type V EOC







Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

These common symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.



Shortness of Breath

Older Adults/ Senior Citizens / Elders

Adults, 65 years and older, are at higher risk for severe illness. COVID-19 is a new disease and we are learning more about it every day.


What you can do

If you have a serious underlying medical condition:

  • Stay home

  • Wash your hands often.

  • Avoid close contact (6 feet, which is about two arm lengths) with people who are sick.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched services.

  • Avoid all cruise travel and non-essential air travel.

  • Call your healthcare professional if you have concerns about COVID-19 and your underlying condition or if you are sick.