What is the coronavirus and COVID-19?

Coronaviruses typically cause the common cold or other mild respiratory viral illnesses, but this new strain (SARS-CoV-2) can cause COVID-19, a much more serious illness that causes severe symptoms—even death—in some patients. Previous coronavirus strains include SARS and MERS, which occurred mostly in other areas of the world in recent years. Get details on cases in your area. View the Ohio Dept. of Health COVID-19 Dashboard

You're safe at Ohio State during COVID-19 pandemic

Visiting a health care facility during the coronavirus pandemic may seem scary, but we've taken every precaution to ensure the safety of both patients and staff.

- Hal Paz, MD, executive vice president and chancellor for health affairs at The Ohio State University and chief executive officer of the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.

Patient Safety at Ohio State

What if I have an upcoming appointment?

Many visits are currently being scheduled as a telehealth or video visit wherever it's possible and appropriate. If you don't have a primary care provider, you can also utilize telehealth immediate care.

For all in-person visits, you can feel secure in the knowledge that our locations are safe. We've taken significant measures to minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19 and worked tirelessly to ensure that our patients are protected through restriction of visitors, screening at building entrances for fever and other symptoms, isolation of COVID-19 patients and many other measures. 

Upon arrival to your appointment, please note that you will have your temperature checked and asked several questions regarding symptoms, potential exposure and travel history. You will be given a mask and you will be required to wear it for the duration of your visit. Companions and drivers will be asked to wait in the car during your visit.

For surgeries and procedures, in addition to the routine informed consent you sign, you will be provided an additional informed consent which outlines the risks and your rights.

More information about COVID-19 for patients and the community

More information about COVID-19 for patients and the community

Additional COVID-19 resources

Additional COVID-19 resources