City of Vermilion Mayor Forthofer has issued the following statement regarding the Coronavirus:

If you live in the City of Vermilion, Lorain or Erie County, you are served by the Erie County Health Department. They collaborate with the State and Center for Disease Control concerning COVID-19. Actions that we may need to take in the City will be advised by Erie County Health.

Check their website for the latest information:

- Mayor Forthofer

At the Vermilion City Council Meeting on Monday, February 24, 2020, Mayor Forthofer reported that he attended a LC Mayor’s and Manager’s meeting. The mayor heard presentations from the State on Coronavirus threats and preparedness. Most government prevention is at ports of entry. Preparedness plans are constructed by states in coordinating with county health departments. Influenza is still a much greater impact on US Citizens. The current flu shot is exceptionally effective this year. Coronavirus has some impact on American business who have China in their supply chain. There are no immediate actions municipalities are being asked to take other than the usual anti-flu protocols, vaccinations, hand washing, etc.

According to the Erie County Health Department, CDC is closely monitoring the outbreak of respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and which continues to expand. On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization named the disease coronavirus disease 2019 (abbreviated “COVID-19”), before February 11, 2020 this was referred to as 2019 Novel Coronavirus or nCoV-2019.

Common human coronaviruses, including types 229E, NL63, OC43, and HKU1, usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. Most people get infected with one or more of these viruses at some point in their lives. This information applies to common human coronaviruses and should not be confused with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), formerly referred to as 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

Erie County Health Department continues to remain in Incident Command Structure, meaning they are in heightened communication with federal, state, and local public health partners. The Coronavirus Disease 2019 is an evolving situation, and they will continue to keep you updated.