Wyandot County Coronavirus Update (3/23/2020)

Based upon local reports, it should be assumed that there are COVID-19 cases in Wyandot County. We cannot emphasize enough the importance of social distancing in order to slow the spread of the disease. Please follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations regarding isolating yourself when you are ill in order to protect your family and local community.

As of 8:30 AM today, we are reporting that no positive COVID-19 test results have been confirmed in Wyandot County, but again, community transmission is suspected.

In the State of Ohio, the Ohio Department of Health is reporting 442 confirmed cases in 46 counties, and 6 deaths. For specific information, including a list of counties impacted, visit https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/

On Sunday, March 22, 2020, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH, issued a "Stay At Home" order for all non-essential businesses effective 11:59 P.M., Monday, March 23.

To view the full order and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the following link:

https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home/public-health-orders/directors-order-to-stay-at-home

Remember that the best thing you can do in the face of COVID-19 is to take precautions to protect yourself, your family, and your community:

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals
  • Wash hands often with water and soap (20 seconds or longer)
  • Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry your hands
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces
  • Clean and disinfect "High-Touch" surfaces often
  • Call before visiting your doctor
  • Practice good hygiene habits 

Social distancing is an important part of slowing the spread of the virus throughout your community. Currently it is recommended that no more than 10 people gather in any one place at one time, and that when you are gathered, you maintain a distance of 6 feet from each other. The following State orders, as of 8:30 AM March 23, 2020, have been put in place in order to encourage social distancing, and further slow the spread of the disease:

  • Order to Limit and/or Prohibit Mass Gatherings of 50 or more, Recommendation to limit mass gathering to less than 10 individuals.
  • Order the Closure of All K-12 Schools until April 3, 2020
  • Order to Require Health Screening for Admission to State Operated Psychiatric Hospitals or to Department of Youth Services Facilities
  • Order Limiting the Sale of Food and Beverages, and Alcohol to Carry-out and Delivery
  • Order to Limit Access to Ohio’s Jails and Detention Facilities,
  • Closure of the Polling Locations in the State of Ohio
  • Order to Close Gyms, Fitness Centers, Recreation Centers, Bowling Alleys, Indoor Water Parks, Movie Theaters, and Trampoline Parks Until Further Notice
  • Order to Limit Access to Ohio’s Nursing Homes and Similar Facilities
  • Order for the Management of Non-essential Surgeries and Procedures throughout Ohio
  • Order to close barbershops, hair salons, nail salons, and tattoo parlors
  • Closure of 181 Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles deputy registrar locations and 52 Ohio BMV drive examination Stations
  • Closure of Ohio's senior centers and adult day care services located in congregate care settings. (effective end of business day 3/23/2020)
  • Closure of adult day support and vocational habilitation services, in settings of more than 10 people, for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Closure of indoor family entertainment businesses and dance studios serving either children or adults.
  • Order that all persons stay at home unless engaged in essential work or activity. See order for exemptions. (Order available at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov)
  • Starting Thursday, March 26, 2020 childcare centers must operate under a Temporary Pandemic Child Care License

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed a proclamation authorizing the Ohio National Guard to assist organizations that need help with the normal operations of distributing food and supplies. The Governor’s office also encourages business owners to begin taking the temperatures of every employee when they arrive at work. Any employee with a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher should self-quarantine with members of their household. In addition, at this time Ohio libraries are not ordered to be closed; however, if they remain open, they are recommended to find a way to deliver their services that does not bring people together.

As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, it is important that we rely on good information. Currently Wyandot County Public Health recommends the following resources: 

ODH Information Line (833) 4 ASK ODH

State- https://coronavirus.ohio.gov

Federal- https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

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