2019 Novel Coronavirus in Ohio
|Confirmed Cases in Ohio: 0||Persons Under Investigation in Ohio: 0||Negative Cases in Ohio: 6|
COVID-19 (Coronavirus disease 2019)
Updated February 14, 2020:
On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced that it officially changed the name for the disease involved in the current coronavirus outbreak to “coronavirus disease 2019,” abbreviated as COVID-19.
There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and local health departments will investigate any newly reported possible cases (in patients referred to as Persons Under Investigation, or PUIs), and numbers will be updated on the ODH website each Tuesday and Thursday by 2 p.m.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and regularly updates numbers on its website. Of the 15 diagnosed patients, 13 have travel history to Wuhan and two are close personal contacts of travellers. The virus is NOT currently spreading in the community in the United States. Travel history is key; people who recently have traveled to China — especially to Wuhan (in Hubei Province) — or their close contacts have greater risk.
Last weekend, the U.S. Embassy in China announced the death of the first U.S. citizen from COVID-19 occurring in that country.
The current outbreak meets two of the three criteria for a pandemic: it is a new virus, and it is capable of person-to-person spread. While current containment procedures in the U.S. are effective, if sustained person-to-person spread in the community takes hold outside of China, the likelihood of a global pandemic will increase. Previously imposed restrictions for people traveling to the U.S. from China remain in effect.
Previously imposed restrictions for people traveling to the U.S. from China remain in effect.
Continued infection prevention
To help prevent COVID-19, take the precautions you normally would during cold and flu season:
- Frequently wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. If unavailable, use alcohol-basedhand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home while you are sick (except to visit a health care professional) and avoid close contact withothers.
- Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Use of facemasks
The CDC is not recommending the use of facemasks (or respirators) among the general public:
- Masks should be reserved for people who are sick to protect others from becoming infected.
- If you have a confirmed or possible case (under investigation) of COVID-19, you should wear a facemask when around other people and before going to a health care provider’s office.
- If you are not able to wear a facemask, people who are in the same room with you should wear one.
- Facemasks should be used once and then thrown away in the trash.
- Masks should be used by health workers and anyone else taking care of a person with confirmed or possible COVID-19.
Mercer County Health District — Press Release – 2019 Novel Coronavirus