2019 Novel Coronavirus 


As of March 16, 2020, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is reporting 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio. There are still zero confirmed cases in Huron County. We will continue to share information as it becomes available. HCPH recommends residents to continue taking every day preventative measures including washing your hands regularly, avoid touching your face, eyes, and mouth, and avoid close contact with those who are sick. If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call, 1-833-427-5634.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) currently recommend that for the next 8 weeks (starting March 16, 2020), organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the U.S. More Information on Mass Gatherings.


Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ordered all of the following Ohio facilities to close:

  • Restaurants & bars

  • Gyms & fitness centers

  • Rec centers

  • Bowling alleys

  • Movie Theaters

  • Indoor water parks and trampoline parks

Grocery stores are not being ordered to close.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
“2019 Novel Coronavirus is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2).” 


The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.


Fever and lower respiratory tract issues such as cough and shortness of breath. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, it is important that you call your doctor before visiting any medical facility. You must get a doctor's order to get tested for COVID-19. 


There is not an anti-viral medication or a vaccination/immunization available for COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. 


If you are traveling internationally, please review your plans in advance of your trip. Conditions are being updated daily and travel alerts are subject to change. Visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html for travel information from the CDC.

Practice Good Hygiene:

Given that we are currently in the midst of flu season, we recommend following the same general practices of good hygiene to prevent coronavirus as well as flu, colds and other illnesses:

  • Sneeze or cough into the bend of your elbow to keep germs from spreading

  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water/use alcohol-based hand sanitizer in between

  • Don’t share cups, spoons, forks, etc. with anyone

  • Don’t make food for anyone if you are sick

  • Don’t go to work or school if you are sick

  • Visit a doctor, urgent care or emergency department if you are sick – don’t take chances

Please contact your medical provider with any questions.


For any questions regarding COVID-19, please call the Ohio Department of Health (ODH)'s call center at (1-833-427-5634). The call center is open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Huron County Public Health

28 Executive Drive

Norwalk, OH 44857

Tel: 419-668-1652

Fax: 419-668-0452