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Public Health warns about being around pets if you have COVID-19

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Posted at 10:54 AM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 13:54:31-04

Days after a tiger at a New York City zoo tested positive for COVID-19, public health officials are warning about getting too close to your pets.

On Tuesday morning, Michelle Corson, spokesperson for Kern County Public Health, issued a warning for those with animals who have or might have COVID-19.

"If you are sick with COVID-19, either suspected or confirmed, you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like you would around other people," Corson said during her daily COVID-19 update. "This could ensure both you and your animals stay healthy."

So, how does one take care of their animals if also dealing with the coronavirus?

"When possible have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. Avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked or sharing food," she said. "If you must care for your pet or be around animals while being sick, wash your hands before you interact with them."

There have been no reported cases of pets in Kern County testing positive for COVID-19.