What is COVID-19?
A novel (new) coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. (CDC)
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
Shortness of breath
How can I protect myself and my family from COVID-19?
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent this illness is avoiding exposure. Below are some preventative measures you can implement at home or at work.
What should I do if I think I have COVID-19?
We encourage you to contact your primary care provider if you believe you have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. If a medical professional assesses you and determines that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, they will direct you to an appropriate testing location.
If you need help finding a provider in your network, we encourage you to utilize our Find A Doctor tool on our website.
What can employers do to protect their workplace and employees?
The Allen County Department of Health has developed guidance to help prevent workplace exposures to illnesses such as COVID-19. It also provides planning considerations for employers in the event of an outbreak. Read more here.
Who is most at risk?
Older adults and those who have underlying medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are at a higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19. Please consult your healthcare provider about any additional steps you can take to protect yourself. (CDC)
How can I stay up-to-date on the latest information surrounding COVID-19?
Information is evolving on a daily basis. Please refer to the following websites for up-to-date information.