CoronaVirus nCoV

1.30.2020 CORONAVIRUS 2

COVID-2019 City of Middletown Public Health Notices


What is nCoV- Novel CoronaVirus - COVID2019

Information provided in partnership with the Ohio Department of Health 1.28.2020
  • Novel CoronaVirus (2019-nCoV) is a virus strain that has only spread in people since December 2019. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and it has the potential to cause severe illness and pneumonia in some people.
  • 2019-nCoV likely came from an animal because the first cases were linked to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting a possible zoonotic origin to the outbreak. However, more information is needed to figure out the possible role that animals play in transmission of 2019-nCoV.
  • Health experts are still learning the details about how this new CoronaVirus spreads. Other CoronaVirus' spread from an infected person to others through: the air by coughing or sneezing, close personal contact; such as touching or shaking hands, touching an object or surface with the virus on it; then touching your mouth, nose or eyes and in rare cases, contact with feces.
  • Experts are still learning about the range of illness from Novel CoronaVirus. Reported cases have ranged from mild illness (similar to a common cold) to severe pneumonia that requires hospitalization. So far, deaths have been reported mainly in older adults who had other health conditions.
  • People who have been diagnosed with Novel CoronaVirus have reported symptoms that may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.
  • Currently the risk to the general public is low. At this time, there are a small number of cases in the U.S. To minimize the risk of spread, health officials are working with the healthcare providers to promptly identify and evaluate any suspected cases.
  • If you are traveling overseas follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Traveler's Health guidance available at
  • Right now the Novel CoronaVirus has not been spreading widely in the United States, so there are no additional precautions recommended for the general public. Steps you can take to prevent the spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent CoronaVirus: wash hands often with soap and water; if not available, use hand sanitizer, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands, avoid people who are sick, stay home if you are sick and avoid close contact with others, cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Currently, there are no vaccines available to prevent Novel CoronaVirus infections.
  • As of January 27, 2020, the CDC has confirmed five (5) cases of 2019-nCoV in the U.S.
  • As of January 27, 2020, the CDC has issued a Warning Level 3 Travel Advisory for China. This means travelers should avoid all nonessential travel to China. The situation is evolving, please check the CDC Traveler's Health page for the most up-to-date information.
  • CDC is conducting entry screenings of travelers and providing educational materials for any travelers arriving in the United States from China at 20 U.S. airports with quarantine stations. 
  • If you traveled to Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China or another outbreak area and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should: seek medical care right away, before you go to the doctor's office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms, avoid contact with others, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing, wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Do not travel when you are sick.

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