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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

About COVID-19

What is novel coronavirus?

This novel coronavirus is a new virus that is from the coronavirus family and there are seven different viruses in this family, four of which are mild cold-like viruses. This specific novel coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan city, Hubei Province, China and has been officially named ‘SARS-CoV2”. When someone is infected with this virus they are said to have “COVID-19” or coronavirus disease 2019. 

What are the symptoms?

This virus causes fever, cough and shortness of breath. The incubation period is officially two to 14 days after exposure. The infection can be very mild to full blown pneumonia, but it appears that 80% of cases are along the mild spectrum.

What is MetroHealth doing?

  • We are screening everyone who enters a MetroHealth facility – employees, patients and visitors. See our Visitation Policy for details.
  • We are converting many appointments into telehealth visits.
  • We are maximizing and conserving personal protective equipment for our clinical staff.
  • Most non-essential employees assigned to work from home.

Are the MetroHealth System facilities up to date for this?

Our facilities department has inspected our systems and our air handlers and negative pressure rooms are working as designed. See our announcements page for updates on our locations and services.

Are there any cases in Ohio?

Yes. Please visit the Ohio Department of Health's coronavirus updates page for the most timely information.


How to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Avoid crowds and don't shake hands to stop the spread of COVID-19

Avoid Crowds

  • Avoid large groups of people
  • During necessary trips (grocery, pharmacy), stay 6 feet away from others
  • Do not shake hands
Stay at home to stop the spread of COVID-19

Stay Home

  • Stay indoors
  • Take breaks and enjoy quiet outdoor spaces
  • Walk your dog
  • Stay 6 feet away from others
Cover coughs and sneezes to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Cover Coughs & Sneezes

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
  • Wash hands right away
Clean surfaces often to stop the spread of COVID-19

Clean Surfaces

  • Doorknobs
  • Toilet handles
  • Taps, faucets
  • Light switches
  • Counters and tables
  • Cellphones
  • TV remotes
Wash hands often to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Wash Hands Often

Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after:

  • Preparing food
  • Eating
  • Coming home
  • Using the bathroom
  • Sneezing or coughing

View CDC handwashing guidelines

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Resources to Keep You Informed
Physicians at The MetroHealth System are urging the public to use a mix of vigilance and common sense when it comes to combating COVID-19, also known as the new coronavirus.
Symptoms
Watch for symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).  Source: CDC Learn more
Physicians at The MetroHealth System are urging the public to use a mix of vigilance and common sense when it comes to combating COVID-19, also known as the new coronavirus.
Prevention & Treatment
Everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.  Source: CDC Learn more
Physicians at The MetroHealth System are urging the public to use a mix of vigilance and common sense when in comes to combating COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus.
If You Are Sick
Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick.  Source: CDC Learn more
Physicians at The MetroHealth System are urging the public to use a mix of vigilance and common sense when it comes to combating COVID-19, also known as the new coronavirus.
Videos
Learn more about coronavirus.  Source: CDC View videos