We Are Committed to Keeping Our Community Informed
Osnaburg Township has been and is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic closely. With that in mind, we decided to create this page to keep our residents and business owners informed and updated on the ins and outs of the pandemic. Our goal is to keep the township residents, businesses, and visitors safe and healthy while providing them with accurate information and resources. We wish everyone well and urge you to follow the guidelines put in place by the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health and your local Health Departments to avoid spread in our community.
What Specifically is Novel Coronavirus?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):2019 Novel Coronavirus is a virus (more specifically, a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, referred to as SARS-CoV-2) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. This respiratory illness has been named COVID-19. At this time, it’s unclear how easily this virus is spreading between people. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and spread between people, such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
When person-to-person spread has occurred with MERS and SARS, it is common to have happened mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. The spread of MERS and SARS between people has generally occurred between close contacts.