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Coronavirus (COVID-19)


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
2019 Novel Coronavirus is a virus (more specifically, a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, referred to as SARS-CoV-2) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. This respiratory illness has been named COVID-19. At this time, it’s unclear how easily this virus is spreading between people. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

When person-to-person spread has occurred with MERS and SARS, it is thought to have happened mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Spread of MERS and SARS between people has generally occurred between close contacts. (Click here to learn how contact tracing works.)

What you need to know about the COVID-19  (Chinese)  (English)  (Spanish)



Fever, cough and shortness of breath.


At this time, there is no vaccination or anti-viral medication for COVID-19.


If you have plans to travel abroad, review your plans prior to leaving. The CDC has several travel health alerts in place and not all are specific to COVID-19. Travel health notices are subject to change.

For CDC travel health notices, go to:


What Can You Do?

There are simple steps you can do at work, home or school to prevent the spread of disease:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds often. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Throw tissues away.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to boost your immune system.
  • Clean/disinfect high touch surfaces (i.e. door handles, cell phones, remotes, computers/laptops) with an EPA approved disinfectant frequently.
  • Stay informed and up-to-date with reliable information from CDC, ODH and the health department’s website and Facebook pages.

If you are sick, contact your healthcare profession.


Stop the Spread of Disease (Chinese) (English) (Spanish)


Please contact your healthcare provider or call your local health department with any questions.

What to do if you are sick with COVID-19 (Chinese)  (English) (Spanish)


Helpful Links

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):

COVID-19 Checklists:

COVID-19 News:

Guidance for Colleges & Universities:

Guidance for Community and Faith-Based Organizations:

Guidance for EMS:

Guidance for Education and Childcare:

Guidance for Healthcare Providers:

Guidance for Law Enforcement: 

Resources for Local Health Districts:

Guidance for Long Term Care Facilities: 

Guidance for People at High Risk:

Resources for the Public:

Guidance for Schools: 

Managing Fear & Anxiety about COVID-19:


For most up to date information, go to these trusted sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

Ohio Department of Health: 

World Health Organization:



Who to call with questions about COVID-19

ODH Call Center – 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634); Open 7 days/week, 9AM-8PM


Governor DeWine Executive Orders

Executive Order 2020-01D - Declaring a State of Emergency

Executive Order 2020-02D - Emergency Amendment of Rules 5101:2-12-18; 5101:2-13-18 and 5101:2-16-10 of the Ohio Administrative Code

Executive Order 2020-03D - Lifting Certain Unemployment Compensation Benefit Restrictions During an Emergency

Executive Order 2020-04D - Establishing a Temporary Pandemic Child Care License and Emergency Adoption of Rule 5101:2-12-02

Executive Order 2020-05D - Relaxing Rules Regarding Healthcare Providers' Ability to Render Services Through Telehealth


Ohio Department of Health Orders

Health Director's Stay at Home Order

Health Director's Order to Cease Business Operations at Indoor Entertainment Venues

Health Director's Order to Close Facilities Providing Older Adult Day Care Services and Senior Centers

Health Director's Order to Prohibit Adult Day Support or Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Health Director's Order for the Management of Non-essential Surgeries and Procedures throughout Ohio

Health Director's Order for the Closure of Polling Locations in the State of Ohio

Health Director's Order to Limit Food, Alcohol Sales to Carry Out and Delivery Only

Health Director's Order to Limit Access to Jails and Detention Facilities

Health Director's Order for the Closure of All K-12 Schools in the State of Ohio

Health Director's Order to Require Screening for Admission to State Operated Psychiatric Hospitals or to Department of Youth Services Facilities

Health Director's Order to Limit and/or Prohibit Mass Gatherings in the State of Ohio (Amended) 


Joint Directors' Orders

Order to Limit Access to Ohio's Nursing Homes and Similar Facilities (Amended)

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