An outbreak of COVID-19 (caused by the coronavirus) that started in China has spread worldwide. Scientists believe the outbreak started in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. It quickly spread to the rest of the globe. By September 2020, one million people from around the world had died from COVID-19. That number continues to rise. View the current situation summary from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth. In some circumstances, they may contaminate surfaces they touch. People who are closer than 6 feet from the infected person are most likely to get infected. People who are infected but do not show symptoms can also spread the virus to others. To learn more about how COVID-19 is transmitted, visit the CDC website.

The CDC is actively working to learn more about reinfection to inform public health action. Based on what is known from similar viruses, some reinfections are expected. For the most up-to-date information, visit the CDC website.

For Ohio-specific COVID-19 details and information, please visit the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 webpage or contact the ODH call center by dialing 1.833.4.ASK.ODH (1.833.427.5634).


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