CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK 2019
An outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is currently spreading in multiple countries, including the United States.
The COVID-19 outbreak is an evolving situation. If you have questions, call Ross County Health District at 1.740.779.9652, or the Ohio Department of Health at 1.833.427.5634.
COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) is a respiratory illness that originated in Wuhan, Hubei, China in December 2019. It has since spread internationally to several countries, including the United States. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, coughing and difficulty breathing.
Those most at-risk for COVID-19 are people who are in or have recently traveled to areas with sustained spread of the virus, or people who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
People who are 65 and older; people who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility; people with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, serious heart conditions, are immunocompromised including cancer treatment, and people of any age with sever obesity (BMI greater than or equal to 40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as diabetes, renal failure or liver disease.
Learn More about Coronavirus
The details around COVID-19 are changing. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the CDC, ODH and World Health Organization websites below.
What the City of Chillicothe is doing
The City of Chillicothe is closely monitoring this outbreak, along with our partners at the Ross County Health District and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). ODH is also coordinating efforts directly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What You Can Do
People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others. Those at higher risk include people 60 and older; people with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease or diabetes; people with weakened immune systems; and people who are pregnant.
For the general public, the CDC recommends following the usual steps that help to prevent the spread of illness and the flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or your inner elbow, NOT your hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
1. Preventing the spread of misinformation by learning the facts about COVID-19. Understand that this is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. Continue to visit the CDC website for the most current and accurate information.
2. Fighting fear and stigma by understanding that you cannot tell if someone is at risk for spreading COVID-19 based on how they look. Viruses cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities or racial backgrounds. Treat everyone with compassion, kindness and respect.
Sign up for alerts from Chillicothe (click here for a "how-to")