FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 10, 2020
BACK TO SCHOOL CDC

Recently, information has been circulating online regarding supposed CDC guidance for returning to school.  This information, originating from ohiostatehousenews.com, includes an infographic from the CDC discussing preparation for emergency sleepovers in case of a disaster.  This infographic originated several years ago, long before COVID-19 became a worldwide concern.  The graphic refers to preparing your child for natural disasters and is no longer part of the CDC’s back-to-school guidance.
Current, accurate guidance for children returning to school.
Further, the actual link to current news from the Statehouse News Bureau.  
The originator of the original information and graphic is not connected to the Ohio State House.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 24, 2020
COVID-19 ALERT: MASK WEARING ORDER

Fairfield County is now at Level 2/Orange in the Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System.
Fairfield County residents are now required to wear masks/face coverings. More detailed information can be found on Ohio Public Health Advisory System on coronavirus.ohio.gov.

The new order indicates that face coverings must be worn:
- In any indoor location that is not a residence
- Outdoors if an individual cannot consistently maintain
  6ft. distance from individuals who are not members of their household.
- While waiting for, riding, driving or operating public transportation, a taxi, a private care service, or a ride sharing vehicle.


While Fairfield County is tasked with enforcing the current order, Fairfield Department of Health is asking all Fairfield County residents to voluntarily comply with the mask requirement for the following reasons:
- Wearing a mask helps protect your neighbor and family
- Reduces the risk of spreading COVID-19 in our community
- Helps keep our businesses open. If COVID-19 infection rates continue to increase, Fairfield County could face another mandatory Stay at Home Order.

There is scientific evidence to suggest that use of cloth face coverings by the public during a pandemic does help reduce disease transmission. Cloth face coverings are not substitute for social distancing, hand washing, and staying home when ill, but they can be very helpful when combined with these interventions. For these reasons, we ask Fairfield County Residents to WEAR A MASK, practice SOCIAL DISTANCING, WASH YOUR HANDS and LOOK OUT FOR ONE ANOTHER.

Please be patient with local businesses and other local entities that are complying with this Level 2/Red status as they are trying to keep the public and their employees safe and healthy during this time. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

>> COVID-19-Risk-Level-Guidelines-GP
Health Order Signed
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)-Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that the following order has been signed by Ohio Department of Health Interim Director Lance Himes:
>> Director’s Order for the Testing of the Residents and Staff of all Residential Care Facilities
The Fairfield Department of Health has created a guidance document for schools in our district.
This document contains general principles that each school district should consider if schools are able to open for the 2020-2021 academic year.  We will continue to communicate with the schools throughout the school year and welcome questions from the districts.  We are sharing this document with the public so you are aware of the guidance that we have provided the schools. 
>> School Guidance document
Statewide Facial Covering Order Signed
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)-Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that the following order has been signed by Ohio Department of Health Interim Director Lance Himes:
Director's Order for Facial Coverings Throughout the State of Ohio.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 16, 2020

Fairfield County Emergency Management Agency, Fairfield Department of Health, and Fairfield Medical Center would like to notify the public that we are noticing an increase in the number of positive COVID cases in the county, as well as an increase in the severity of illness in COVID patients. If you are ill and need medical attention, your doctor and hospital are safe places to go for care. While they may be seeing COVID patients, they are taking extra precautions to keep you and their staff safe during this time.

It is vital that we all wear a mask, wash our hands, practice social distancing, and stay home if we are feeling sick. In addition, please avoid crowds, social gatherings, and traveling. COVID-19 is very real, and the virus is affecting our community in unprecedented ways. Please help us stay healthy by practicing
these safeguard measures - which will protect you and those around you. We will get through this together with everyone’s cooperation.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 15, 2020
CORONAVIRUS STUDY

The Ohio Department of Health, in cooperation with The Ohio State University, is conducting a survey and providing no-cost COVID-19 tests to a select number of residents.

Our team will be in your neighborhood in the coming weeks and may knock on your door.

"Selected households received a postcard or letter in the mail. If you received this mailer and do not want to participate, please contact us and we will remove your household from the list. If you did not receive a postcard or letter, your household was not randomly selected for participation and study staff will not visit your household.”

You can reach us through our website (http://u.osu.edu/ocap/contact-us/), by email (OCAP@OSU.EDU), or by calling or texting 614-407-5737.

Please take part in this important, voluntary effort. Together, we can defeat this disease.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 2, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE:

Per the Governor’s presser today, FDH will start releasing the number of presumed recovered cases with our current reporting. FDH strongly urges the public to be cautious when looking at presumed recovered cases as there are assumptions made in this number. More attention should be made to the number of cases added each day, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Of note, the reporting system is down today (7/2/2020), so FDH will attempt to post numbers if the system is working on Friday, July 3, 2020.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 23, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE:

PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS, FIREWORKS, CRIMINAL JUSTICE GRANTS
Governor DeWine today announced two public awareness campaigns aimed at spreading awareness of COVID-19 prevention measures and the impact they have on the well-being of Ohioans and our state’s economy.

The first campaign is called “I Believe” and focuses on real Ohioans and the prevention measures they take to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The two Ohioans featured are health care professionals Dr. Kevin Sharrett, a physician, farmer, and Greene County Coroner, and Shareece Mashiska, a hospital nurse manager in Youngstown. These 15-second ads, provided by the Ohio Department of Health, will air for three weeks on broadcast, cable, and social media across the state.
The second campaign called “Up to All of Us” features Dr. Laura Espy-Bell, an OhioHealth Emergency Medicine Physician, and Gary Callicoat, a restaurant owner and operator. They discuss the importance of Ohioans taking proper preventative precautions, like maintaining social distance and washing hands, in order to get Ohioans back to work, and our economy working again.  The ad will air for three weeks on broadcast and cable television:
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COVID-19 CONVALESCENT PLASMA PROGRAM: DONORS NEEDED!
The Red Cross is seeking people who are fully recovered from COVID-19 to give plasma to help current patients who are seriously ill or at high risk of serious illness.
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FOR COMPLAINTS IN REGARD TO THE DIRECTOR’S "STAY AT HOME ORDER"
please submit the following complaint form

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Beginning Thursday, March 19th the Health Department Building will be closed to the public.

W.I.C. services will continue but will be limited,
call 740-652-2800 option #7 for appointments.
For all other Division questions, call 740-652-2802.

Please be patient, as FDH is adjusting to daily changes being made by the Governor, ODH and CDC with COVID-19.

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The Fairfield Department of Health would like to share the Fairfield Medical Center's link for information on COVID-19 updates.

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