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Where To Find Updates On Coronavirus in Ohio

March 16, 2020

The number of Ohio coronavirus cases continues to rise, so it’s important to have a reliable source to get updates on coronavirus in Ohio. Here’s a list of the most reliable places to find updates on coronavirus in Ohio.

Ohio Department of Health

One of the first places you can turn to for information on coronavirus in Ohio is the Ohio Department of Health. 

The department is staffing a call center for anyone who has questions about coronavirus. The number is 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634). There will be someone there to answer your call from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice.

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There is also a checklist you can use that will take you directly to the information you’re seeking. The list includes:

  • COVID-19 Community Spread - Link
  • Helping the Isolated or Quarantined Checklist - Link
  • Isolation or Quarantine Checklist - Link
  • Shopping Checklist - Link
  • Avoiding Group Gatherings Checklist - Link
  • Cleaning and Disinfecting Alternative Checklist - Link
  • When to Contact Your Provider - Link

Also on the Ohio Department of Health site, you’ll find the updated number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ohio (those who tested positive), along with the number of people who have tested negative, and the number of people still under investigation. 

Infectious Disease Control Manual

The Ohio Department of Health offers another great resource on its website. It’s the Ohio Infectious Disease Control Manual (IDCM). It’s designed to be a reference for local health departments, hospitals, laboratories and physicians. There is a wealth of information about infectious diseases from a public health perspective, including prevention, control and reporting of suspected and diagnosed cases. 

You’ll find everything from definitions to a section on reportable and non-reportable infectious diseases and rules that pertain to infectious disease control.

The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention

One of the most valued resources when it comes to finding information about infectious diseases is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The site contains a host of information that includes tips on what to do if you think you are sick and a resource center for communities that includes:

  • Travel
  • Business & Employers
  • School & Childcare
  • Community and Faith-Based Organizations

You can also track the number of coronavirus cases in the United States. 

If you have a scheduled doctor’s appointment, test or procedure, please plan to keep your appointment. North Ohio Heart/Ohio Medical Group is following CDC protocols throughout our health system to ensure your safety.

However, if you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, chills, cough or breathing problems, please contact your physician’s office prior to your appointment.

The World Health Organization

If you’d like to track the number of coronavirus cases around the globe, the World Health Organization is where you’ll want to turn. Often called “WHO,” the website contains an interactive dashboard/map that provides the latest global numbers and numbers by country of COVID-19 cases daily. 

You’ll also find the latest recommendations and implementation tools for governments and organizations.  They include information on mass gatherings, points of entry, and there’s even a section on how the coronavirus got its name.

Coronavirus Prevention

Remember, the Ohio Department of Health recommends that the best thing you can do to prevent coronavirus is to take precautions to protect yourself, your family and your community:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean “high-touch” surfaces daily. These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, desks and tablets.

An At-Home Coronavirus Test 

If you think you're experiencing coronavirus symptoms, MyLinks has created a patient self-assessment tool that you can use. This online coronavirus test is based on guidelines from The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. It will help you to understand what you should do next if you're showing signs of COVID-19.

The tool is free, but it should not be used as a substitute for the advice of an appropriately qualified and licensed physician or other healthcare provider.

 Remember that many of the same steps that are slowing the spread of coronavirus also work on preventing the flu and other infectious diseases. You can find additional tips in our guide: “How to Get Rid of The Flu (Or Not Get It All).” It’ll show you what you can do every day to decrease your risk of coronavirus and other illnesses. 

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