“The message is the same,” Cooper said. “Prevention is a key message.”
This means staying home, maintaining social distance, not going to work if sick.
“We can’t clean commonly touched surfaces enough,” he said.
On Friday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that senior centers and senior day care centers are now closed. Childcare centers are expected to be next to close, Cooper said.
Dayton Fire Chief Jeff Lykins said to call primary care physician or urgent care for routine and other non-life-threatening conditions instead of 911 to reduce the strain on resources.
“Most people who get COVID-19 will have mild symptoms and will recover just fine at home,” Lykins said.
Those who think they may have coronavirus and have symptoms of fever, cough and mild difficulty breathing should call their doctors for advice.
"If you develop emergency symptoms of COVID-19, call 911," Lykins said. "These symptoms include severe difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to arouse and bluish lips or face.
"When calling 911, please inform the dispatcher if you are experiencing flu-like or respiratory symptoms. If possible, the patient should try to meet the crew at the front door to reduce exposure," he said.
Patients also will be asked to wear a surgical mask, also to reduce exposure, and crews will limit who can go with the patient to the hospital in an effort to contain the illness.
Matt Bakoda of the Miami Valley Human Resources Association, Dr. Jon Woltmann of Dayton Children’s Hospital and Sarah Hackenbracht of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association also spoke during the press conference.