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Coronavirus Disease - what you need to know

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Last updated February 26, 2020 at 3:58 p.m.

The situation around the international viral outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) continues to develop. Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) is prepared and is working closely with the Ohio Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to conduct daily infectious disease surveillance, prevention, and control. As of 02/26/2020, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and the risk to the general public remains low.

To help prevent infection with coronaviruses and other illnesses, take the precautions you normally would during cold and flu season:

  • Wash your hands often for 20 seconds with soap and water. If unavailable, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or tissue when you sneeze or cough.
  • Avoid close contact (touching or shaking hands) with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick - use this guide to help you decide.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Special actions you may take to stay prepared:

  • Make a plan with your employer or school to work or study from home if you get sick with the flu or another illness.
  • Make an emergency plan for your household in case you're sick at home for a few days, or in case of other emergencies. Consider the following from Ready.gov:
    • Store a two week supply of water and food. Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
    • Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
    • Make sure you have copies of health records (from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources). Or, make sure you can access electronic health records.
    • Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick, or what will be needed to care for them in your home.

Healthy people in the general public do not need to wear a facemask. The CDC does recommend wearing a facemask if you show symptoms of COVID-19, OR if you’re taking care of someone with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

 

More information:

COVID-19 updates from the CDC.

Read the COVID-19 fact sheet from ODH.