COVID-19 Info

COVID-19 Count

As of 10/19/20, LCHD is reporting 1,847 cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Licking County Health Jurisdiction. In addition, there are 263 cumulative probable cases, 1,272 recovered cases, 397 closed cases, and 56 COVID-19 deaths. There are 385 total active cases today. There are 7 current hospitalizations. Licking County is represented as "Red" in the Ohio Public Health Alert System.

See a full explanation about the update in LCHD’s daily COVID-19 report here.

Case Definitions:

Being classified as "probable" means a patient has symptoms consistent for COVID-19 and an epidemiological link to a confirmed case, but do not have confirmatory laboratory evidence for COVID-19.

Being classified as “recovered” means LCHD has followed up with the case and evaluated them against the CDC guidelines for end of isolation, as they are no longer considered contagious.

Being classified as “closed” means LCHD has made multiple attempts and is unable to contact and verify the individual is recovered. In addition, Long-Term Care residents have been labeled “closed” as each long-term care facility evaluates these patients in a closed-care setting. See the ODH Dashboard for information on active vs. closed long-term care residents in Licking County here.

Definitive cause of death can take weeks to determine. LCHD does not make determinations on COVID-19 deaths. ODH determines COVID-19 deaths after reviewing death certificates. Data displayed illustrates current status. The average age of all COVID-19 deaths in the Licking County Health Jurisdiction is 81 and ranges from 59-98.

COVID-19 Count

ACTIVE CASE TOTALS BY ZIP AS OF 10/16/20:

43001: 1 • 43008: 1 • 43011: 0 • 43013: 0 • 43018: 0 • 43023:16 • 43025: 5 • 43030: 0 • 43031: 14 • 43033: 2 • 43046: 0 • 43054: 0 • 43055: 70 • 43056: 21 • 43062: 50 • 43068: 6 • 43071: 1 • 43076: 7 • 43080: 7 • 43147: 0 • 43721: 0 • 43739: 2 • 43740: 1 • 43822: 1 • 43830: 0

LCHD publishes Coronavirus (COVID-19) Zip Code mapping data weekly which represents ACTIVE CASES (not cumulative) of individuals who live in the Licking County health jurisdiction and are currently testing positive for COVID-19. LCHD acknowledges that ODH reports cases by county and not by health jurisdiction.

The cases belonging to each zip code are color-coded based on the total active number of COVID-19 cases belonging to Licking County’s health jurisdiction as of today, October 16, 2020.

Please note: Zip Codes may overlap county boundaries and the information presented maps cases of individuals who live in the Licking County health jurisdiction. Zip Codes labeled white do not have residents with COVID-19 cases within Licking County boundaries. More cases may be present in a particular zip code but belong to another health jurisdiction.

LCHD color-codes the zip code level data by using the natural breaks (or Jenks) classification method. The method uses an algorithm to group values into classes that are separated by distinct break points. This is an appropriate method for mapping Licking County cases due to the uneven distribution amongst cases within each zip code. Also note that the scale and color coding for zip codes will change during each update.

LCHD COVID-19 response:

We have been working with the Ohio Department of Health, local health care providers, first responders, emergency management agency, schools, local officials, and many other groups to provide guidance and planning assistance to prepare for and respond to COVID-19’s impact on our community. We are doing contact tracing, coordinating testing, and issuing quarantine and other orders when needed.

For general COVID-19 questions , call the ODH hotline at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) or visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov.
The Licking County Health Department strives to protect the privacy of the individual until we believe it is important to let the community know. Data is updated regulary to keep the public informed of disease trends for COVID-19 as well as monthly updates for other reportable diseases.

Testing:

Due to a current limited supply in COVID-19 test kits, The Licking County Health Department is only able to test First Responders and Medical Workers at this time. When more test kits become available, we will be sure to inform the public of those expanded testing capabilities.

We attempt to provide updated information on testing options in the area on our website. There may be additional testing options that we are not aware of. Doctors and hospitals may order testing through private labs at their own discretion.

  • Licking Memorial Hospital is conducting COVID-19 Drive-through Testing. More Info
  • Nationwide Childrens Hospital is providing COVID-19 testing to support their Nationwide Childrens Hospital patients and Nationwide's Pediatric Practices. No testing to the general public is available without an order from a NCH healthcare provider.
  • Newark Valley Urgent Care offers COVID-19 virus and antibody testing.
  • Mt. Carmel East is conducting rapid COVID-19 testing with a physician referral.
  • OSU Wexner Medical Center is conducting rapid COVID-19 testing.
  • Drive-thru testing at Franklin Park Conservatory will be conducted by Kroger daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. until Saturday, May 2, and weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays until May 21. People wishing to get the free test are required to pre-register at Kroger’s online screening site.
  • Select Walmart locations in Franklin County are hosting drive-thu testing sites. More Info
  • LabCorp is offering antibody testing through their local labs.
  • The Ohio Department of Health is conducting antibody testing for a random sample of 1200 residents accross the state to guage infection levels. Letters will be mailed to selected households.

If you are sick, stay home. Call a health care professional if you develop a fever or symptoms of respiratory illness -- such as cough or shortness of breath.

Stay at Home Order and Responsible Restart Ohio

Under the Stay at Home order issued by the Director of the Ohio Department of Health, restrictions on gatherings, workplaces, and activities are in place to limit the transmission of disease. The Licking County Health Department has been flooded with complaints about businesses that are not protecting the health and safety of their employees or customers. Guidance Document.

Information on COVID-19, fact sheets, checklists, and information for employers and the public can be found at www.Coronavirus.ohio.gov.

The Licking County Health Department has begun sending warning letters and conducting site visits at businesses where complaints have been received or who do not appear to meet the safety criteria.

Businesses and Operations and businesses engaged in Minimum Basic Operations must take proactive measures to ensure compliance with Social Distancing Requirements, including where possible:

“Maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and not shaking hands.

Additionally, the order requires the items below where possible:
1. Designate six (6) foot distances.  Designating with signage, tape, or by other means six foot spacing for employees and customers in line to maintain appropriate distance;
2. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing products. Having hand sanitizer and sanitizing products readily available for employees and customers;
3. Separate operating hours for vulnerable populations. Implementing separate operating hours for elderly and vulnerable customers; and
4. Online and remote access. Posting online whether a facility is open and how best to reach the facility and continue services by phone or remotely
The Director's Order may be enforced by the Health Department or State and local law enforcement.
Employers are encouraged to visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov and read the Stay at Home Order and to consult with their legal counsel or their professional or trade associations for interpretive guidance.

It is important to remember that the intent of this Order is to ensure that the maximum number of people self-isolate in their places of residence to the maximum extent feasible, while enabling essential services to continue, to slow the spread of COVID-19 to the greatest extent possible. Your role as an employer in slowing the spread of this illness will not only protect the health of your workers and customers but will ultimately save lives.

If you need to file a complaint or have a question please Email Us. Please do not call the office at this time.

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Business Toolkit

COVID-19 Return to School Guidance