The administration’s decisions surrounding the managing of the COVID-19 pandemic are data-driven, literature-based and follow established public health practices. The department uses statewide and national data as well as peer-reviewed literature, and guidance from the CDC and White House when making public health decisions. Decisions are based on science and facts.
COVID-19 is a novel virus, meaning never seen before in the world. We know that there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 and the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet); through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
All guidance recommends that everyone wash their hands frequently, wear a mask when outside, practice social distancing, disinfecting surfaces, avoid going out if sick, and monitoring health for symptoms of the virus. These simple practices help stop the spread of the virus.
The Administration has used all available facts, data points and expert guidance in its decision to guide the response to COVID-19, at all times seeking to protect lives and livelihoods.