2019 Novel Coronavirus 

Huron County Statistics Updated Daily at 2:00 pm

Confirmed Cases

in Huron County

COVID-19 Fatality

30% Hospitalized *

50% Recovered

Age Range: 21 - 89

Median Age: - 47

Male - 30%

Female - 60%

*Of these 10 patients, 30% have been hospitalized at some point in their illness
Latest Information
  • As of April 9, 2020, at 2:00 pm, there are 5,512 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio. The total number of reported deaths due to COVID-19 in Ohio is 213.

  • As of April 9, 2020, there are 10 confirmed cases in Huron County including one death. 

The HCPH website is updated daily at 2:00 PM with the latest COVID-19 case numbers in Huron County and Ohio. As of March 18, 2020, all “presumptive positive” cases of COVID-19 are now considered confirmed cases. This means any case that tests positive for COVID-19 at the local or state level will no longer need to go through the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) for final confirmation. We will continue to share information as it becomes available. However, 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.

 

Huron County Public Health (HCPH) expects to see more cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in our county and our state in the coming days. Community spread is occurring, which means that more Huron County residents may have COVID-19, including some people who:

  • Are not sure how or where they became sick.

  • Do not show symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, shortness of breath), yet may spread the virus to others.

 

Call your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms like fever, cough, or shortness of breath, especially if you think you've been exposed to a diagnosed case of COVID-19.

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 Closure Orders:

  • Restaurants & bars

  • Gyms & fitness centers

  • Rec centers

  • Bowling alleys

  • Movie Theaters

  • Indoor water parks and trampoline parks

  • barbershops,

  • beauty salons,

  • tattoo parlors,

  • hair and nail salons.

  • tanning salons

  • facilities providing older adult day care services

  • senior centers

 

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.

Overview 
Symptoms/Testing:

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. 

Treatment:

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. 

Travel:

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.

Testing in Huron County Information:
 
Our statement regarding testing for COVID-19 in Huron County can be found in our HCPH Testing Press Release.
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing kits are severely limited at this time and are unnecessary for those with mild or moderate illness. Until more testing is available, Huron County facilities will prioritize severe cases and inpatients, as they have the most need. If your symptoms are mild or moderate and you are hoping to be tested, please do not come in for testing. This puts you and your family at risk. This also puts our healthcare workers and their families at risk. The most appropriate course of action is to stay at home.
Business and Employer Information:
 
For guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 visit: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3990.pdf.
  • The CDC recommends that employers do not require a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work, as healthcare provider offices and medical facilities may be extremely busy and not able to provide such documentation in a timely way.
  • Do not require employees with symptoms to be tested for coronavirus before returning to work. Current testing guidelines limit who is eligible for testing to the sickest and/or the most at risk of serious illness. An employee with mild symptoms may not need medical care and may not be suitable for testing. Additionally, testing employees who do not have symptoms is not effective, wastes time and valuable resources, and is not approved use of test kits.
  • Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html
  • Guidance on Dispute Resolutions for Essential and Non-Essential Businesses
Local Support:
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.

Links and Resources:

Infographics

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A letter from Tim Hollinger, Health Commissioner.

 Tim Hollinger explains what it means to #FlattenTheCurve

Ohio Department of Health
World Health Organization
Huron County Public Health
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Huron County Public Health

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Norwalk, OH 44857

Tel: 419-668-1652

Fax: 419-668-0452

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