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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
“2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV/COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. At this time, it’s unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).”

“When person-to-person spread has occurred with MERS and SARS, it is thought to have happened mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Spread of MERS and SARS between people has generally occurred between close contacts.”

Fever and lower respiratory tract issues such as cough and shortness of breath.

There is not an anti-viral medication or a vaccination/immunization available for COVID-19.

If you are traveling internationally, please review your plans in advance of your trip. Conditions are being updated daily and travel alerts are subject to change. See the Resources section below for links.


Practice Good Hygiene

Given that we are currently in the midst of flu season, we recommend following the same general practices of good hygiene to prevent coronavirus as well as flu, colds and other illnesses:

  • Sneeze or cough into the bend of your elbow to keep germs from spreading
  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water/use alcohol-based hand sanitizer in between
  • Don’t share cups, spoons, forks, etc. with anyone
  • Don’t make food for anyone if you are sick
  • Don’t go to work or school if you are sick
  • Visit a doctor, urgent care or emergency department if you are sick – don’t take chances

Please contact your medical provider with any questions.


Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, and CCBH Health Commissioner Terry Allan discuss the state’s response plan for COVID-19 on February 27, 2020.


Additional Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Overview information

Summary of current situation


Fact sheet – Chinese

Fact sheet – English

Fact sheet – Spanish


Guidance for risk assessment


If you are sick with COVID-19 – Chinese

If you are sick with COVID-19 – English

If you are sick with COVID-19 – Spanish


Infographic – symptoms


Travel card – Chinese

Travel card – English


Video – What is COVID-19?

Video – What is my risk of getting COVID-19?

Video – How can I protect myself from COVID-19?


What you can do to stop the spread of COVID-19 – Chinese

What you can do to stop the spread of COVID-19 – English

What you can do to stop the spread of COVID-19 – Spanish


Ohio Department of Health

Fact sheet

Resources and information


World Health Organization

Coronavirus information

Mythbusters – the truth about food, packages, pets and other things related to COVID-19

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