COVID-19 Info

COVID-19 Count

As of 01/26/21: Today, there are 98 new COVID-19 cases in the Licking County Health Jurisdiction. Yesterday there were 82 new cases within 24 hours. LCHD is reporting 8,931 cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Licking County Health Jurisdiction. In addition, there are 3,196 cumulative probable cases, 11,127 recovered and closed cases, and 143 COVID-19 deaths. The average age of all COVID-19 deaths in the Licking County Health Jurisdiction is 78 and ranges from 34-102. There are 857 total active cases today. Yesterday’s reported active case total was 891. There are 14 current hospitalizations.

Click this link to learn more about the COVID-19 case definitions for probables, recovered, closed, and deaths, and to learn about Licking County’s reported data 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.

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ACTIVE CASE TOTALS BY ZIP AS OF 01/22/21:

43001: 5 • 43008: 3 • 43011: 1 • 43013: 2 • 43018: 0 • 43023: 51 • 43025: 35 • 43030: 0 • 43031: 51 • 43033: 1 • 43046: 2 • 43054: 0 • 43055: 187 • 43056: 63 • 43062: 116 • 43068: 6 • 43071: 6 • 43076: 6 • 43080: 11 • 43147: 0 • 43721: 0 • 43739: 3 • 43740: 1 • 43822: 3 • 43830: 2

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, January 22, 2021.

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.

The LCHD COVID-19 Contact Tracing Process

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The health department begins contacting positive COVID-19 cases once official laboratory results are received; this can be between one to three days after you are notified by your healthcare provider. At that time, health department staff notify the positive case via a phone call or mailed letter detailing the dates of their isolation period and other isolation information.

Once the confirmed case is contacted by our staff, we remind them to reach out to anyone they were near in the two days prior to symptom onset and ask them to begin self-quarantining for 10 days, and we ask for the individual's close contacts. If contacted via a letter, we ask the positive case to call us with the names of their close contacts so formal quarantine letters can be issued to those individuals.

Once LCHD is informed of the close contacts from a positive COVID-19 case, we issue an official quarantine letter to the close contacts via email or mail with the dates of their quarantine period dates and other quarantine information.

If you are expecting a quarantine or isolation letter from LCHD via email, please check your junk and spam email folders before calling to follow up.

If you are identified as a close contact of a person with COVID-19, please quarantine for 10 days from your last exposure to the individual with COVID-19. Self-quarantine may end when 10 days have passed since your last contact to the person with COVID-19 as long as you have not had any symptoms.

Read more about the contact tracing process here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Information

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The Licking County Health Department (LCHD) announces its COVID-19 vaccine registration hotline phone number for eligible individuals to call and request a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. LCHD’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline is: (740) 670-0949.

LCHD’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline is operational between 9 am and 3 pm, Monday through Friday. If individuals call between 9 am and 3 pm on a weekday, they will be asked to hold for the next available representative to assist in scheduling an appointment or answering COVID-19-related questions.

Vaccination appointments will be scheduled as the vaccine supply allows. Due to the limited supply, vaccinations will only be provided to those with appointments.

When a COVID-19 vaccine appointment is scheduled, our registration staff will inform the eligible individual of the next steps. This includes where our remote drive-through clinic is located, what time to arrive, what to expect, what documents to bring; photo ID and insurance information, how to access our registration form ahead of time, and details about our observation area after being vaccinated.

Keep up to date with vaccination clinic details by checking our social media platforms, website, local media partners, and signing up for our email newsletters.

Read more about our COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution effort here.

Find our COVID-19 Registration Form here.

See a list of Licking County COVID-19 Vaccine Providers here.

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:

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.

Click HERE to find where to get a COVID-19 test.

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