Coronavirus Information Update

Vermilion Local Schools is carefully monitoring news and updates from the Erie and Lorain County Health Departments, the Ohio Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding the Coronavirus outbreak. The following information was communicated by the Ohio Department of Health on Monday, February 24, 2020:

As of February 24, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 53 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and regularly updates numbers on its website. Of the cases, 14 were detected and tested in the U.S. through U.S. public health surveillance systems; this includes 12 people with travel history to China, and two involving person-to-person spread. The remaining 39 are people repatriated to the U.S. by the Department of State; this includes three people who had been in Wuhan and 36 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. The disease is not spreading in the community in the U.S. at this time, and the CDC currently considers risk to the general public to be low.  

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio. ODH will update this webpage by 2 pm every Tuesday and Thursday to reflect the number of people currently under investigation for possible infection.

The Ohio Department of Health, in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local partners, is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illnesses caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December. Health experts are concerned because little is known about this new virus and because of its potential to cause severe illness in some people.

The outbreak has been declared a public health emergency by the U.S. and the World Health Organization. ODH has issued a health alert and Amy Acton, MD, MPH, Director of ODH, has declared COVID-19 a Class A reportable infectious disease. This means confirmed or possible cases must be reported immediately to a local health district, which will report it to ODH. It will then be reported to the CDC. Required reporters include health care providers, laboratory administrators, and any individuals having knowledge of a person with COVID-19.

There is no need for alarm. The risk to the general public remains low. To minimize the risk of spread, health officials and health care providers across the country are working together to promptly identify and evaluate any possible cases.