Subject: Coronavirus (2019nCoV) Update (click to download the full report)
Note: This is an evolving public health situation-information is changing daily. This is the most recent information to date.
•The World Health Organization has declared the (2019 nCoV) a public health emergency of international concern. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has also declared this a public health emergency for the U.S.
•There are confirmed cases in the U.S. that continue to evolve.
•There are currently zero confirmed cases of (2019 nCoV) in Ohio. The two students from Miami University are negative according to the 7 PM Press Conference on Sunday, February 2, 2020.
•President Trump has issued a Federal Travel Restriction, effective Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 5 pm EST. Details on travel restrictions to and from China are available through CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
•Flights from Wuhan, China are now being directed to designated U.S. airports where individuals are being evaluated. Click on the link here for the specifics on the CDCquarantine order. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/s0131-federal-quarantine-march-air-reserve-base.html
Local Public Health Response:
•The Carroll County General Health District (CCGHD) is actively participating with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) daily to remain current with this evolving situation.
•We are updating our website and Facebook with information as we receive it from ODHand Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
•We will continue to release information utilizing this updated notice with quick links to the state and national information.
•We are working with Carroll County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and our community partners to proactively prepare our community.
•We will continue to be available to answer questions or concerns anyone may have regarding the facts and science behind this newly evolving disease. 330-627-4866 ext.1530.
Novel Coronavirus Facts:
•Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. Little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.
•Experts are still learning about the range of illness from novel coronavirus. Reported cases have ranged from mild illness (like a common cold) to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization.
•CDC continues to state the risk to the general public in the U.S. is low. At this time, there are a small number of individual cases in the U.S. To minimize the risk of spread, health officials are working with healthcare providers to promptly identify and evaluate any possible cases. Steps you can take to prevent spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent coronavirus.
Seasonal Influenza Update:
It is currently in the height of the Flu season. To help prevent illness, follow basic hygiene measures including:
1. Frequently washing your hands for twenty seconds using soap and warm water, and/or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
2. Avoiding touching your face (eyes and mouth)
3. Cover cough with your elbow, not your hands
4. Avoiding close contact with sick individuals
5. Do not go to school or work if you are sick
6. Avoid shaking hands (Church, Business etc.)
If you or your child are experiencing flu-like symptoms, (Influenza is NOT vomiting or diarrhea) please stay home. Symptoms include:
•Fever, or feeling feverish/chills
•Runny or stuffy nose
•Muscle or body aches
•Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.
If you or your child have not received the flu shot, it is not too late to receive it. Please contact your physician or local pharmacies. The Carroll County General Health District has a limited amount of vaccine available while supplies last. To schedule an appointment, please call the Nursing Division at (330) 627-4866, Ext. 1530.