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LCHD understands that coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an issue of concern nationally, internationally, and locally. The disease poses a very low risk to Licking County residents.
 
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from LCHD
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 02/27/2020 LICKING COUNTY, OHIO –

The Licking County Health Department (LCHD) understands that coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an issue of concern nationally, internationally, and locally. Our mission is to prevent disease, protect the environment, and promote healthy lifestyles for those who work, live, or play in Licking County.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, 212 people who have arrived in Ohio from China are under public health supervision. These individuals have been asked to voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days to prevent the potential spread of the new coronavirus. There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, and currently the disease poses a very low risk to county residents.

LCHD officials report that no one in Licking County is currently showing symptoms of COVID-19. LCHD currently has no cases of a person under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19. LCHD is notified by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) of anyone returning from China who lives in Licking County. Individuals returning from China are considered “travelers” and are under public health supervision and asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

As with other local health departments around the state, we have been notified of some returning travelers to our community. These individuals have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. We have been working closely with these individuals to ensure that they understand the parameters of self-quarantine and have reiterated them as recently as this morning. We will continue to stay in touch with them daily to ensure they follow our guidance. Our daily touch points will include phone calls, home visits and daily temperature monitoring. 

We will not be sharing information about individuals under public health supervision or under voluntary quarantine for COVID-19 in Licking County. These individuals are not showing any symptoms and are not under investigation. As is our normal practice when we monitor situations of infectious disease in the community, information will be shared as is necessary to protect the public while balancing individual privacy. As with other diseases, we do not routinely share suspected case information until it is confirmed. The same will be done with COVID-19.

 
COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. However, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of any respiratory diseases, including COVID-19 and the flu.  The CDC recommends the following:
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
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Licking County Health Department Media Contact:
Olivia Biggs, Public Information Officer
obiggs@lickingcohealth.org | (740) 349-6488
“The Licking County Health Department serves more than 170,000 citizens in the Licking County General Health District by preventing disease, protecting the environment and promoting healthy lifestyles with a vision of healthy people living in healthy communities.”
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