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Coronavirus COVID-19

Update 3/17/20

Greene County Public Health DOES NOT test for COVID-19.
Please call your health care provider if you are feeling sick.

 

Public Health, along with the Ohio Department of Health and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have been closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China. With additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally. The patients recently returned to the United States from Wuhan China. There are ongoing investigations to learn more.

Novel Coronavirus Fact

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While the source of the virus was probably animals, it is now spreading person-to-person. It’s unclear how easily this virus is spreading between people.

To date, 13 cases have been reported in Ohio. Updates on any future Ohio cases may be found on the Ohio Department of Health website. 2019 Novel Coronavirus

What happens if a case is reported?

  • A case or suspected case of the Coronavirus is reported to a local health department.
  • ODH reports to the CDC and, if indicated, patient specimens will be collected and shipped.
  • Currently, testing for this virus must take place at CDC.
  • ODH will work with local, state, and federal partners to investigate reports of Coronavirus in order to identify cases and prevent the spread of infection.

Current Public Health Actions Have Included:

  • Public Health sent a Health Alert to the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association to have them forward to healthcare professionals within the county and region.
  • A media release was generated and shared with the West Central Ohio Region Health Departments
  • An interview was done with the Dayton Daily News explaining the role Public Health plays during a Public Health emergency.
  • Public Health is coordinating with the Dayton Fire Department to develop and forward an informational bulletin to EMS.
  • Public Health will continue to monitor the situation and if warranted we will activate the Incident Management Team.

About the Virus:

While severe illness, and numerous deaths, has been reported in China, other patients have had milder illness and been discharged. Symptoms associated with this virus have included fever, cough and trouble breathing. The virus is potentially more serious in the elderly and those with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms may include:

  • runny nose
  • headache
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • fever
  • a general feeling of being unwell

Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through:

  • the air by coughing and sneezing
  • close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands
  • rarely, fecal contamination

How to protect yourself.
There are currently no vaccines available
 to protect you against human coronavirus infection. You may be able to reduce your risk of infection by doing the following:

  • Practice good hand hygiene.
  • Follow appropriate cough and sneeze etiquette.
  • Don’t go to work or school when you feel ill. Stay home and rest.
  • Avoid exposure to others who are sick.

 


 

Coronavirus Q & A from the World Health Organization:
https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

For more information about the current outbreak in China, visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/novel-coronavirus-2019.html