Over the last several months, that health
department has coordinated with the Ohio Department of Health
and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Activities have included monitoring travelers returning from
areas affected by COVID-19, and sharing information with
partners such as health care providers, higher education, K-12
schools, and local businesses.
While case numbers in the United States have
increased and showed evidence of spreading within communities,
there is still no confirmed COVID-19 activity in Ohio or
This is a new disease and there is more to learn
about how it spreads, the severity of illness it causes, and to
what extent it may spread in the United States.
Generally, people more likely to be severely
impacted by COVID-19 symptoms are older or have other
Because both influenza and coronavirus are
transmitted by close contact between people and respiratory
droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes,
people can take everyday actions to prevent the spread of
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for
at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap
and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.
• Cover coughs/sneezes with your arm or a tissue.
• Avoid exposure to others who are sick, and stay
home if you are ill.
• Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals
to ensure a healthy immune system.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects
The CDC does not recommend the routine use of
face masks by healthy members of the general public to
prevent respiratory illness and is not recommending their use at
should be aware that this international outbreak
could affect their plans. Areas with risk of community spread of
coronavirus currently include: China, Hong Kong, Iran,
Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.
For more information, visit CDC’s Travelers’ Health page at
Resources are also available from the Ohio
Department of Health, including updates on Tuesdays and
Thursdays on possible COVID-19 cases within the state.
For more detailed information, go to
The most recent local updates will be posted to
the health department’s social media pages on Facebook and
Twitter, @WCHDOhio. You can also contact the health department
with questions by calling 419-352-8402.
Any local agencies or organizations interested in
meeting to discuss and plan for possible COVID-19 impact
should contact Alex Aspacher, community outreach
coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, www.WoodCountyHealth.org.