Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

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What you need to know about COVID 19

An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus (COVID-19) that developed in Wuhan, Hubei, China in December 2019, has since spread internationally, and is now being closely monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States as well as State and Local Health Departments. 

What Miami County Public Health is Doing

Miami County Public Health is closely monitoring this outbreak, along with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). ODH is also coordinating efforts directly with the CDC. We are actively communicating with our response partners in the county and region.  We are also reviewing out internal plans and procedures to ensure that we are prepared and ready to respond if a case is reported in our jurisdiction. 

 

What You Can Do

While the CDC considers risk low within the United States, it has also begun implementing enhanced health screenings of people traveling to the U.S. from China to detect travelers with fever, cough or difficulty breathing when entering the United States.  

If you have recently traveled to China, watch for any changes in your health for 14 days after leaving China. If you develop a fever or symptoms of illness during this time, avoid contact with others and seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

If you have not recently traveled to China, the CDC recommends no additional precautions at this time. Please continue to follow steps that everyone should always take to prevent illness and stay healthy:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available).

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm.

  • Avoid exposure to others who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick. 

Learn More about Coronavirus

The details around COVID-19 are rapidly changing. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the CDC, ODH and World Health Organization websites.​