Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

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What you need to know about COVID 19

Governor's Orders

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. 

If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 please call 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634)

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. 

 

How COVID-19 Spreads

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

 

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

 

Basic Prevention for COVID-19

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.

    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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.​