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The Center for Health Affairs, in coordination with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), the Northeast Ohio county and city health departments, and member hospitals, is closely monitoring the 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) to ensure hospitals are prepared to care for potential nCoV patients while protecting their staff in the midst of a vigorous annual flu season.

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  • As the coronavirus situation evolves daily, the most up-to-date Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for hospitals can be found on the CDC website.

  • The World Health Organization website offers more coronavirus information and provides advice to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak.


Ohio Department of Health

View the latest state COVID-19 activity from ODH. Updated daily, Monday through Friday at 2 p.m.

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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

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American Medical Association

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JAMA Coronavirus Research Updates

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Media Coverage

Updates as of 3.26.20

Army Corps of Engineers to convert hotels, dorms for hospital units amid coronavirus’ spread

(LA Times) In a dramatic sign of the coronavirus’ anticipated toll, the Army Corps of Engineers is planning to convert vacant hotels, college dormitories and other facilities into intensive care wards with tens of thousands of makeshift hospital beds, first in New York but probably expanding to California and other states.

Hospitals turn to remote monitoring tools to free up beds for the sickest coronavirus patients 

(STAT) Desperate to free up beds for only the sickest Covid-19 patients, hospitals nationwide are weighing the use of new technologies to monitor patients from their homes. 

Why Germany’s coronavirus death rate is so much lower than other countries’ rates 

(Washington Post) For weeks, virologists here have been asked a persistent question: Why, compared to other countries, are so few of the Germans who are diagnosed with the coronavirus dying?  

FDA Allows Emergency Use of Investigational Convalescent Plasma for Critical COVID-19 Patients 

(Global Biodefense) The FDA is facilitating access to convalescent plasma, antibody-rich blood products that are taken from blood donated by people who have recovered from the COVID-19 virus, that could potentially shorten the length, or lessen the severity, of the illness.   

Updates as of 3.19.20

How much is coronavirus spreading under the radar?

(Nature) Just how much has the coronavirus spread? More than 137,000 people in 117 countries and regions have been confirmed as having COVID-19. And earlier this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) described the outbreak as a pandemic. But testing isn’t available to everyone, so the numbers don’t accurately reflect the extent of transmission in communities around the world.  

Coronavirus vaccine test opens with 1st doses 

(AP) U.S. researchers gave the first shots in a first test of an experimental coronavirus vaccine Monday, leading off a worldwide hunt for protection even as the pandemic surges.

The new coronavirus can likely remain airborne for some time. That doesn’t mean we’re doomed 

(STAT) When a new virus blasts out of the animals that harbored it and into people, experts can usually say, thank goodness it’s not like measles. That virus is more contagious than any others known to science: Each case of measles causes an astronomical 12 to 18 new cases, compared to about six for polio, smallpox, and rubella. Each case of the new coronavirus is estimated to cause two to three others. 

Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to reduce COVID- 19 mortality and healthcare demand 

(Imperial College London) The global impact of COVID-19 has been profound, and the public health threat it represents is the most serious seen in a respiratory virus since the 1918 H1N1 influenza pandemic. Here we present the results of epidemiological modelling which has informed policymaking in the UK and other countries in recent weeks.

Case-Fatality Risk Estimates for COVID-19 Calculated by Using a Lag Time for Fatality 

(Emerging Infectious Diseases) The 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is spreading globally; as of March 5, 2020, cases were reported in China and 85 other countries, territories, and areas. Disease severity is a particularly crucial parameter for understanding this new disease, but accurately estimating the case-fatality risk is difficult because milder cases are not being diagnosed and death is delayed. 

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