To our Community,

We are all dealing with the impact of the novel Coronavirus now labeled as COVID-19. For several weeks, information about this illness, the effects on people living abroad and now on those in our country have been tracked, reported and acted upon. It is undoubtedly an unsettling time.

One of the great challenges with COVID-19 is that it is a new strain of the coronavirus. We have had coronavirus in Northwest Ohio for quite a while, but not this strain. While we understand COVID-19 better today than three months ago, there is still is more to learn. So what are some basics?

COVID-19 affects different people in different ways. The most severe cases seem to be found in the elderly population or with people who may have other serious health conditions such as acute respiratory disease, or heart disease. It has been reported, based on data to date, that in most other cases, people experience relatively mild symptoms and recover from the illness. But it is important to be careful, especially since this is a new virus.

Children do not seem to be affected by COVID-19 based upon information reported at this time. But, they have been found to transmit the virus to others.

We know that it spreads in much the same way as the "normal" seasonal flu. So practicing good hand hygiene, avoiding crowded conditions, and staying home if you are feeling unwell helps control the spread of the disease. More information can be found on our website and the CDC website.

Wood County Hospital and its Medical Staff have been working closely with the Wood County Health Department, Ohio Department of Health, the Governor's Health Executive Advisory Group and the Ohio Hospital Association to share information and participate in this widespread public health effort to address COVID-19.

Information about the disease, whom it impacts, and how to manage its spread is routinely being updated.

Guidance about how to best assess, test and then manage patients who may have COVID-19 is continually evolving.

Here at Wood County Hospital, we are working to stay on top of this information and remain in the best position to meet our community's needs. In this effort, we will keep our website and social media updated to be an information resource as well as a dependable treatment resource for you and your family.

Stan Korducki, President