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 large groups of people
- During necessary trips (grocery, pharmacy), stay 6 feet away from others
- Do not shake hands
- Stay indoors
- Take breaks and enjoy quiet outdoor spaces
- Walk your dog
- Stay 6 feet away from others
- Toilet handles
- Taps, faucets
- Light switches
- Counters and tables
- TV remotes
Wash Hands Often
Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after:
- Preparing food
- Coming home
- Using the bathroom
- Sneezing or coughing