Board Of Health Notice To Public Regarding Coronavirus


There is currently an international viral outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus. Erie County Board of Health offers this information regarding the virus:

The Erie County Board of Health is prepared. Erie County Health Department is in Incident Command Structure. This means that they are in heightened communication with public health partners. In addition, they are continuously monitoring disease surveillance data through the Office of Epidemiology. The public health system includes the local health department and community health center staff, the state health department, and clinical partners, all performing daily monitoring of reportable diseases, including 2019-nCoV.

According to the Erie County Board of Health, the risk of contracting 2019-nCoV is low. There are no confirmed cases in Ohio. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed five cases in other states. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Butler County General Health District are monitoring two possible cases.

  • No additional precautions or restrictions are recommended at this time. Residents should continue all normal activities including school, sporting events, and social engagements.
  • Please remember that it is currently influenza season, so standard precautions should be taken such as washing hands, practicing proper cough etiquette (coughing into your elbow), and staying home if you are feeling ill.
  • Like most viruses, symptoms of the 2019-nCoV include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. At this time, only persons who meet the following criteria are considered to be at risk:

o History of travel to Wuhan City, China within 14 days of symptom onset.

o History of close contact with a confirmed case of 2019-nCoV within 14 days of symptom onset.

o History of close contact with a person under investigation (PUI) for 2019-nCoV within 14 days of symptom onset.

For accurate and up-to-date information on the 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), visit the Erie County Health Department website at www.eriecohealthohio.com. The preparedness, infectious disease experts, and communications teams at the CDC and the ODH have produced several fact sheets and other informational documents, which are available at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and www.odh.ohio.gov/coronavirus.