COVID-19 is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. This coronavirus can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath. There are thousands of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside of Wuhan and additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally, including the United States. There are ongoing investigations to learn more about this virus.
Individuals who are experiencing symptoms and may have traveled to areas of concern, or have been in contact with somebody who has traveled to these areas, should call ahead to their healthcare provider before seeking treatment in person. The 2019 novel coronavirus is a new virus and shouldn’t be confused with other coronaviruses that have been around for many years causing upper respiratory symptoms, like the common cold. If a routine test ordered by your healthcare provider and done at a local hospital or lab, is positive for coronavirus, that means that you have one of the common coronaviruses. The only way to test for 2019 novel coronavirus is through specialized testing at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you are unsure which kind of virus you are being tested for or what the result means, be sure to ask your healthcare provider.
This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. For the latest information, go to CDC COVID-19 website.
- Novel Coronavirus Hotline: Call 1-888-364-3065 for Information about Coronavirus
- Frequently Asked Questions and Answers (FAQs) about Coronavirus COVID-19 (includes symptoms, how it spreads, how to protect yourself & more)
- Erie County, NY COVID-19 Update & Rumor Control
- CDC COVID-19 Website
- NYSDOH COVID-19 Website
- US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) COVID-19 website
Child Care Providers & Schools
- UB Info for Students & Employees
- Webinar: Update on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) for Schools (February 7, 2020) (PDF Presentation)
- Dear Child Care Provider Letter (February 6, 2020) (ocfs.ny.gov)
- Joint NYSDOH NYSED Letter (February 5, 2020) (PDF)
- Higher Education Webinar (January 23, 2020) (PDF)