COVID-19: Protect Yourself and Others

Get vaccinated and boosted

  • Vaccination offers the best protection against COVID-19. Everyone ages 5 and older is eligible for vaccination.
  • Get a booster when you can. Boosters significantly increase protection against the virus and are recommended for all eligible people.
  • Vaccines are safe and offer significant protection against hospitalization and death from COVID-19.
  • Learn more or sign up at

Wear a mask in any public space

  • Wear a mask in public or any time you are around people who do not live in your same household.
  • Make sure your mask is well-fitting. There should be no gaps around the edges.
  • Surgical masks, N95 or KN95 masks are preferred over cloth masks. If you don’t have one of those options, consider double-masking for more protection.

Avoid close contact

  • Avoid hosting or attending gatherings (parties, funerals, weddings, etc.) with people who live outside your immediate household.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

See all of YKHC’s COVID-19 information here.