We are committed to the health and safety of our patients and community as a whole. Western Reserve Hospital is working with public health officials on all levels to obtain and provide proper recommendations and care to all in need.
(Sources: Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Ohio Department of Health, Summit County Public Health)
What is Coronavirus/COVID-19?
COVID-19, or coronavirus disease 2019, is an upper respiratory tract disease caused by one of the seven coronaviruses known to infect humans. It was first identified in humans in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019. The virus that causes COVID-19 is called SARS-CoV-2
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms generally appear 2 to 14 days after exposure and include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. Most people who become sick do not require hospitalization, but older adults, people with chronic health conditions and people with compromised immune systems are more likely to require more advanced care
If you think you have COVID-19:
Call your Primary Care Provider before driving to an Emergency Department. They will give you instructions on how to proceed
Do not drive to the hospital or doctor’s office before contacting the facility
Do not share items, including food and beverages, with others
If you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19 or you are a resident in a community where there is ongoing spread of COVID-19 and develop symptoms of COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested, but keep in mind that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and people who are mildly ill may be able to isolate and care for themselves at home
Why are we so concerned about the coronavirus?
It is new and unpredictable, meaning there is no vaccine or specific treatment
It spreads rapidly and has caused severe respiratory illness or death in thousands of people around the world
Community spread is happening internationally and in parts of the U.S., including Ohio. This means some people have become infected and it is not known how or where they became exposed. This can quickly lead to widespread infection
What is the current risk for Ohioans?
People exposed to ill persons -- family members and healthcare workers caring for patients with COVID-19 -- are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19
People who have traveled to high-risk countries are more at risk of contracting COVID-19
Community spread has raised levels of concern about immediate threat to the general public
How severe is the illness?
Reported cases of COVID-19 have ranged from mild, with cold-like symptoms, to severe, resulting in pneumonia and sometimes death
Information so far suggests most COVID-19 cases are mild
Older people, people with underlying health conditions, and people with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19
What is a pandemic?
Worldwide spread of a new disease
COVID-19 has caused illness, including illness resulting in death
Sustained person-to-person spread is occurring
Worldwide spread is occurring
What can I do to protect myself?
What else can I do at home?
Keep a two-week supply of essentials, such as medications, water, food and pet food
Have backup plans for disruptions to child or adult care, education, work schedules and transportation
Identify community organizations that may be able to help if you need information, healthcare or other support or resources
Consider canceling or postponing events
Be prepared to cancel travel plans
What can I do if I have been exposed?
Stay home except to get medical care
Call your physicians for instructions and help
Separate yourself from people and pets in your home
Cover your cough and sneeze
Wash hands regularly and disinfect common areas
Monitor your symptoms
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Summit County Public Health Hotline: (330) 926-5795
Facts and Myths
If you are at Higher Risk
Difference between COVID-19, Flu, Cold and Allergies
How to Disinfect and Clean
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Ohio Department of Health
Coping with COVID-19 Anxiety
Map of Cases across the Globe