Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Authoritative information on this virus is available from the following sources.

coronavirus.ohio.gov
Updates for Ohio and prevention information from the Ohio Department of Health.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC, the main U.S. federal agency monitoring and responding to the novel coronavirus outbreak, has created a microsite with frequently updated information for health practitioners, researchers, and the general public. 

National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary agency of the United States government responsible for biomedical and public health research. This resource provides background on coronaviruses, along with updated information and links concerning the 2019 novel coronavirus. 

World Health Organization (WHO)
The WHO, a leading international health agency helping to coordinate the global response to the coronavirus outbreak, offers global news updates and helpful videos, answers common questions (Should I wear a mask to protect myself? How does this virus spread?), and dispels myths (no, gargling with mouthwash won’t protect against the virus).

Science News
This news site published by the nonprofit Society for Science & the Public has created a page dedicated to the coronavirus outbreak, featuring stories by their staff writers.

Everyone has a role to play in reducing the spread of COVID-19 and staying healthy. Please stay home and do not visit the library if you are exhibiting signs of the flu or if you are not feeling well. We invite you to explore everything we offer on our website. You can go digital and download eBooks, audiobooks and more with the Ohio Digital Library and your library card.

Prevention: 
 • Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water several times a day. If soap and water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid contact with people who are sick.

• Stay home while you are sick (except to visit a health care professional) and avoid close contact with others.

• Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces each day. Use a household cleaner according to label instructions.

• Avoid large gatherings.

• Use online transactions when possible.

• Avoid visiting nursing homes -- and if you are sick, do NOT visit nursing homes.

• If you have an older person in your home or someone with compromised health, such as asthma, understand that the biggest threat to them may be you bringing the virus into the home.

• If you or a loved one are older, think twice about an upcoming trip. 

How to apply for Coronavirus-related Unemployment

  • File online at Unemployment.Ohio.gov
  • Call toll-free: 1-877-644-6562 or TTY 1-614-387-8408
  • The one-week waiting period will be waived as of 3/16/2020
  • Unemployment benefits will cover:

    1.    Individuals requested by employer to be quarantined as a consequence of COVID-19, even if they’re not diagnosed

    2.    Laid off employees due to loss of production caused by COVID-19

    3.    In few cases, asymptomatic employees that impose a self-quarantine

    4.    Those in mandatory quarantine because of suspicion of having COVID-19

  • Questions and Answers