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Official Media release here:   RCHD Media Release nCoV


Novel Coronavirus Outbreak in Wuhan, China and elsewhere:

What You Need to Know

There are NO cases of novel Coronavirus in Ross County currently.

Currently in the US there are only five (5) confirmed cases and these individuals have a direct travel history to the affected areas in China.

What is the Novel (new) Coronavirus?

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. Human coro- naviruses are common throughout the world. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and

then spread between people. When person-to- person spread has occurred it is thought to have happened via respiratory droplets, produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.


What are the signs and symptoms of the Coronavirus?

Symptoms are similar to other respiratory viruses. If you have these symptoms, it does not necessarily mean you

have this new virus! Unless you have recently traveled to Wuhan, China or have been around someone ill with

 this new virus, your risk of getting sick is near zero.


Symptoms include:

Fever (may not always be present), coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Other early symptoms to look for include:

Chills, body aches, sore throat, headache, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting


What You Can Do

If you have not traveled to China or have not been in contact with a person known or suspected to have the illness, there is no reason to be concerned at this time. https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/ none/ china#travel-notices


If you have traveled recently to Wuhan, China, had close contact with someone who has been confirmed with, or

is being evaluated for the Coronavirus, and you are well, you should:

Monitor your health for 14 days, from the day you first traveled or had close contact with someone ill with this new Coronavirus. Watch for signs and symptoms listed previously.


If you experience symptoms: call your doctor, urgent care or hospital BEFORE going. They will give you instruc- tions. Stay away from other people until you receive instructions.



How can I protect myself from Coronavirus and other viruses?


Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and wash hands frequently. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer.

Cover your coughs and sneezes.

Avoid contact with sick people and stay home if you are sick.

The Ross County Health District (RCHD) and our federal, state, and local partners are keeping a close eye on the Coronavirus situation, and will provide public updates as needed. RCHD and our health system partners are trained and prepared to respond should a local individual contract the virus.

 Healthcare providers should immediately notify their local health district in the event of a Person Under Inves- tigation (PUI) for 2019-nCOV. The Ross County Health District Public Health Nursing phone number is 740-775- 1146, after-hours number is 740-779-9652.


Additional Resources

Ohio Department of Health: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-



Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https:// www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/ index.html


World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/csr/don/en/