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As of 03/31/20 at 2 pm, there have been a total of 21 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Licking County since 3/20/2020.
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.
LCHD does NOT provide COVID-19 testing. The ODH lab is generally used only for hospitalized patients and symptomatic healthcare and public safety staff.
Testing is only recommended when medically necessary. Doctors and hospitals may order testing through private labs at their own discretion. Usually this is only for patients with a respiratory infection who have tested negative for the flu.
No testing is necessary for healthy individuals. COVID-19 Drive-through Testing is being coordinated through Licking Memorial Hospital. 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.
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.
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 doesn’t report suspected cases until they are confirmed. This is the same protocol we use for all infectious diseases. We strive to protect the privacy of the individual until we believe it is important to let the community know.
Stay at Home Order
The Licking County Health Department has been flooded with complaints about businesses that are continuing to operate under the Stay at Home order or are not protecting the health and safety of their employees or customers.
Under the Stay at Home order issued by the Director of the Ohio Department of Health, effective March 24, 2020, all persons are to stay at home or their place of residence unless they are engaged in Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, or to operate Essential Businesses and Operations as set forth in the Order. All businesses and operations in the State, except Essential Businesses and Operations, are required to cease all activities within the State except Minimum Basic Operations.
As Governor DeWine recently stated, you should assume that your business is closed and work from there. Essential businesses are exempt from the closure order, however, rules on COVID-19 worker safety still apply. There is an extensive list of “Essential” businesses listed in the order and even more listed in the federal guidance document.
Lieutenant Governor John Husted suggested businesses create a document justifying why they're considered essential based on the order and document how they're following the safe workplace guidelines.
Non-Essential Businesses may continue Minimum Basic Operations, provided that employees comply with Social Distancing Requirements, to the extent possible, while carrying out such operations. Minimum Basic Operations include the minimum necessary activities to maintain the value of the business's inventory, preserve the condition of the business's physical plant and equipment, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or for related functions and the minimum necessary activities to facilitate employees of the business being able to continue to work remotely from their residences.
The Licking County Health Department has begun sending warning letters and conducting site visits at businesses where multiple complaints have been received or who do not appear to meet the essential business criteria. As part of the investigation, the department will require the business to provide an explanation of how they justified their “Essential” status. They will also ask what steps have been put in place to meet the worker safety requirements.
Essential 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.
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