The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people such as has been seen with MERS and SARS. On February 11th, the WHO announced the official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- For current Ohio numbers and the most up-to-date information visit: coronavirus.ohio.gov
Quarantine and Isolation information
If you have tested positive for COVID-19:
- Please complete and mail the enclosed interview form to the best of your ability
- Isolate yourself away from all others, including other household members. If possible, stay in one room and use a separate bathroom
- Clean all shared and high-touch surfaces, if a separate bathroom is not possible, disinfect after each use
- Refer to the enclosed CDC guidance regarding symptom management and stopping the spread of COVID-19
- If you need documentation of isolation for work or school, please call 937-390-5600
When to end isolation:
- If you do not have symptoms, isolate for 10 days from the date your test was collected
- If you have or develop symptoms, isolate for 10 days from the date of your first symptom, when you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without taking fever reducing medications, and when your cough and shortness of breath have improved if experienced
- If you are immunosuppressed due to an autoimmune disorder, organ transplant, or medication (i.e., steroids, chemotherapy), isolate for at lease 20 days from test date or symptom onset
If you are a close contact of a positive case:
- CDC defines a close contact as being within 6 feet of a positive case for longer than 15 minutes during their infectious period
- Infectious period- begins two days before symptom onset or 2 days before COVID-19 test was collected
Quarantine yourself away from other people, do not go in public places and do not go to work or school. Quarantine guidance has changed as of 12/4/2020, please choose the option that works best for you:
- A 14-day quarantine is still the preferred strategy for quarantine. 14 days is the optimal duration to minimize risk of disease transmission.
- Reduced Duration 1: Stay at home for at least 10 days after exposure, and monitor for symptoms, wear a mask, and social distance through day 14.
- Reduced Duration 2: Stay at home for at least 7 days AND receive a negative test result from a sample collected on day five or later after exposure. Continue to monitor for symptoms, wear a mask, and social distance through day 14.
- Monitor yourself daily for symptoms
- Put your contact information on the enclosed contact tracing table. Include your phone number to be entered into the Ohio Contact Tracing System (OCTS), you will receive a daily text message to monitor for symptom development
- If you are unable to separate from the positive case, your quarantine will begin when the positive case is no longer isolated
- If you need documentation of your quarantine, please call 937-390-5600
- If you develop symptoms, please record them in OCTS and someone from CCCHD will contact you or call 937-390-5600 and isolate yourself from others
Cases in Clark County
Clark County COVID-19 Update: 13,796 cases as of 4/16/2021.
Update from 4/9: 135 new confirmed cases and 10 new hospitalizations and 3 deaths.
Cumulative hospitalizations: 560
Probable Cases from Antibody tests: 15
***Probable deaths are identified when the person has not been laboratory tested for COVID-19 but they meet one of the following criteria: (1) When a death certificate lists COVID-19 as a cause of death OR (2) when autopsy findings are consistent with pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome without an identifiable cause.
****Probable cases are most often symptomatic contacts of a confirmed positive case. Probable deaths are counted as probable cases. A positive COVID-19 antibody test of a person who was previously symptomatic or has an epidemiological link to a confirmed case is counted as probable.
As always, Ohio data and resources can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov
For general COVID-19 questions call:
CCCHD at (937) 390-5600, Monday-Friday 7:30am-5:00pm, Saturday 12:00am-4:00pm
- Llame a CCCHD al 937-561-5281, Lunes a Viernes 8:00am-6:00pm
- Para español:
Ohio Department of Heath at 1-833-4ASK-ODH, 7 days a week 9:00am-8:00pm
- Departamento de Salud de Ohio al 1-833-427-5634, 7 dias de la semana 9:00am-8:00pm
- Para español:
Links for additional COVID-19 information:
- Ohio Department of Health Guidelines for Cloth Face Masks
- Employer Guidelines from CCCHD
- Stay Safe Ohio order from Ohio Department of Health
- Ready.gov Personal/Home Preparedness
- Ohio Department of Health (ODH) 2019 Novel Coronavirus
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Novel Coronavirus 2019 Situation
- CDC Novel Coronavirus in the United States
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Centro para el Control y la Prevencion de Enfermedades (CDC): espanol.cdc.gov/enes/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Organización Mundial de la Salud (WHO): www.who.int/es/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
For Healthcare Providers:
For suspected cases of COVID-19, healthcare providers or any individual having knowledge, should immediately notify both infection control personnel at their healthcare facility and their local health department.
Clark County Combined Health District (CCCHD)
24/7 Emergency Phone Number: 937-390-5600
Last Revised: 1-22-2021 ES/RH