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Stay InformedCoronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

What we know about coronavirus (COVID-19)

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), commonly known as a coronavirus, is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers this a serious public health concern, based on current information, the immediate health risk from COVID-19 to the general American public is considered low at this time.
According to the CDC, the COVID-19 can lead to mild to severe cases of fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
The CDC does not recommend people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.

Health care workers, emergency responders, or those taking care of someone in close settings, such as at home, should use a facemask.

According to the CDC, there are currently no vaccines available to protect against COVID-19. To reduce the risk of infection:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
The CDC is a valuable source of information regarding COVID-19 and travel precautions.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Anyone with these symptoms should call their primary care physician (PCP) or the Knox County COVID-19 Call Line at 740-399-8014 for medically related questions. The Call Line is open, 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Anyone with these symptoms, or has had contact with someone showing these symptoms, should call their primary care physician (PCP) or the Knox County COVID-19 Call Line at 740-399-8014 for medically related questions. The Call Line is open, 8 a.m., to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

As of Wednesday, March 19, 2020, a Global 4 Health Advisory was issued, meaning you should not travel. The State Department advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.

Caution is advised when traveling to areas of the United States that have higher concentrations of COVID-19 confirmations. See the CDC recommendations for traveling for additional information.

Please remember, alerts, warnings and watches are quickly evolving so it is critical that you stay informed regarding current status of any areas you may be considering visiting. Those planning to travel are encouraged to purchase travel insurance in the event their trip is cancelled.

As of March 19, 2020, there have been no confirmed or suspected cases on campus. Click here to follow the latest developments of the outbreak across the state of Ohio.
According to Knox Public Health, on March 19, 2020, all eight (8) Knox County residents who were on the trip have been cleared and are no longer quarantined.