Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

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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. 

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.

  • 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, sneezes or talks.

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

  • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who  are not showing symptoms.

Everyone Should:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Put distance between yourself and other people.You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.

  • Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public,
    for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone
    who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to
    remove the mask without assistance.
    The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
    Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
    Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover
    is not a substitute for social distancing.

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.​