Can pets get COVID-19? Can I take my pet to the vet?

Based on the limited information available to date, the risk of animals spreading COVID-19 to people is considered to be low. 

We are still learning about this virus, but it appears that it can spread from people to animals in some situations. Treat pets as you would other human family members – do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household. If a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets. When possible, have someone else care for your animals while you are sick to avoid contact with your pet. 

If your pet is sick or injured, contact your veterinarian to find out which services are considered essential. Veterinarians are considered essential employees. For more information, visit CDC: If You Have Animals.

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1. What stage of recovery are we in now?
2. What if people from an area that has not reopened come to Frederick County?
3. How do I get tested for COVID-19?
4. Does Frederick County have any cases of COVID-19?
5. There aren’t many cases of COVID-19 in my zipcode. Does this mean I can’t get infected?
6. Do I need to wear a mask? Where do I get a mask?
7. Should my child wear a face covering? What if my child is scared? What about children with special health care needs?
8. How important is it for me to get my child’s vaccinations now? Can it wait?
9. What if I don’t have a primary healthcare provider?
10. I’m sick but can’t get tested OR I tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do now?
11. Should I get an antibody test? If it is positive, does it mean I am immune to COVID-19?
12. When should I get tested?
13. I haven’t gotten my test results yet. When will I get them?
14. Doesn’t the public need to know where a person with COVID-19 has been?
15. How can I get information about cases in nursing homes?
16. Can people with no symptoms have COVID-19?
17. Most cases of COVID-19 are mild. Why is this more serious than the flu?
18. I’ve lost my job. Where can I get help?
19. What resources exist for business owners?
20. How do I report a violation of the Governor’s or County Executive's orders?
21. How Can I Help?
22. Can pets get COVID-19? Can I take my pet to the vet?