Coronavirus Disease (COVID)
Madison County Public Health (MCPH) is working on Coronavirus Disease (COVID) response every single day. We are proud to be your source for reliable information on COVID right here in Madison County.
Website updated Friday, August 5, 2022 at 1:25am EST.
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COVID-19 New Cases Per Week (updated weekly)
COVID-19 Case Incidence Per 100k Residents Over 2 Weeks (updated weekly)
Statewide Case Incidence Rates (updated weekly)
Historical Monthly Breakdown of New COVID-19 Cases (updated monthly)
|Presumed Recovered per ODH: 10,062
|*ODH currently defines a case as "presumed recovered" if 21 days have passed since their symptoms began and they are not deceased. It is important to note that there is no accepted definition of a recovered case across the healthcare profession. Cases have experienced symptoms for weeks and months after the illness began. We continue to learn new ways COVID-19 is impacting all ages of people and the long-term effects that this virus has on the lungs, kidneys, heart, and brain of children and adults. This video provides some good information on the topic.|
|Data on COVID-19 within state prisons can be found by clicking here. The two prisons in Madison County are listed as "MACI" and "LOCI." These numbers may fluctuate due to releases and transfers within the prison system.
|Data on COVID-19 within long-term care facilities can be found by clicking here.|
Confirmed cases have been verified by a molecular lab test. To be a probable case, a person must either 1) have specific symptoms AND have a direct exposure to a confirmed case, or 2) have specific symptoms AND a positive antigen or antibody test. If a probable case then gets a molecular COVID-19 test and tests positive, they are removed from the probable total and added to the confirmed total. If they test negative, they are subtracted from the probable total. Public health staff are notifying and quarantining close contacts of all confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases. If you have not been contacted by health department staff, you are not considered to have come in close contact with these individuals.
Further extended data can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Community Transmission Levels
The CDC provides an integrated, county view of key data for monitoring the COVID pandemic in the United States. It allows for the exploration of standardized data across the country. The footnotes describe each data source and the methods used for calculating the metrics. Click on the link below to view the current level of community transmission in Madison County and surrounding counties:
COVID-19 Integrated County View
Guidance Documents for Madison County
Ohio Department of Health K-12 School Operating Recommendations
Ohio Department of Health K-12 School Quarantine Guidelines
Ohio Department of Health Infectious Disease Control Manual for Management of COVID-19
Local Public Advisories & Recommendations
Madison County Public Health Local Advisories & Recommendations
Madison County Public Health recommends high quality masks (3 layer masks, KN95, or KF94) for everyone age 2 and older in an indoor setting. Please read our press release here.
Testing in Madison County
IN PERSON TESTING
Madison Health (main hospital campus) located at 210 North Main Street in London offers drive-thru testing for all ages. An appointment is needed but a physician's order is not required. Call 740-845-7100 and select option 1 to make an appointment. The appointment line is operated Monday through Friday from 8am until 4:30pm. Please leave a message if calling after hours. If you do not have a doctor and are feeling ill, Madison Health Urgent Care located at 371 Lafayette Street in London is seeing ill patients. Call 740-845-6735.
AT HOME TESTING
At-home rapid test kits are available in Madison County. Please visit the Madison County Public Health office Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm to pick up a test kit. If possible, please send a family member or friend who is not sick to pick up the test kit. Madison County Public Health is located at 306 Lafayette Street in London next to Tractor Supply Company and across the street from Los Mariachis restaurant. Madison County Public Health does not provide test kits to businesses or employees for testing unvaccinated employees because of federal/OSHA mandates.
ADDITIONAL TEST SITES
There are many additional test sites close to Madison County. You can check out all of the nearby locations by clicking here.
BUSINESS OR EMPLOYMENT TESTING
Madison County Public Health does not provide test kits to businesses or employees for testing unvaccinated employees because of federal/OSHA mandates. Businesses should visit the below two resources to help plan for a routine testing strategy:
Unvaccinated individuals who need verifiable routine testing should seek out tests from retail providers. There are many additional test sites close to Madison County. You can check out all of the nearby locations by clicking here.
Anyone age 5 and older can now get COVID-19 vaccine.
General COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- COVID-19 vaccination may help protect you from getting the virus and will help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. It may also protect people around you, particularly people at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
- After receiving the vaccine, you may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection against the virus. These side effects may feel like flu and may even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Common side effects include: pain and swelling on the arm where you got the shot, fever, chills, tiredness, and headache.
- With most COVID-19 vaccines, you will need 2 shots in order for them to work the best. Get the second shot even if you have side effects after the first one, unless a vaccination provider or your doctor tells you not to get a second shot.
- It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. COVID-19 vaccines that require 2 shots may not protect you well until two weeks after your second shot.
- Getting COVID-19 may offer some protection, known as infection-acquired immunity. (note this is not "natural immunity" as it is sometimes called). We don’t know how long this type of protection lasts. COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness.
- It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic. No one tool alone is going to stop the pandemic. Continue to wear a mask in crowded indoor settings wash your hands often.
Learn the COVID-19 vaccine Myths vs. Facts by clicking here.
Symptoms of COVID-19
The symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, shortness of breath, headache, body aches, chills, fatigue, diarrhea, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, new loss of taste or smell, and nausea or vomiting. If you are experiencing symptoms you should call your regular healthcare provider to be evaluated. Your healthcare provider may recommend testing for COVID-19 or other viral illnesses such as influenza. If you cannot get testing or see your healthcare provider, do not go out in public other than to receive medical care. If you do not have a healthcare provider, you should call Madison Health Urgent Care at 740-845-6735. Emergency rooms should only be used for immediate life-threatening conditions. If you have difficulty breathing or chest pains, call 911 or seek emergency care.
If you cannot get testing for COVID-19 you should stay home for 10 days if you show any of the symptoms listed above. If symptoms last longer than 10 days, please call Madison County Public Health at 740-852-3065 or consult with your doctor.
If you are planning any type of gathering or event, use this symptom and risk assessment for all staff and participants.
Events and Businesses
Event & Reopening Plan Submissions are being accepted and reviewed. To help us review these requests, we have created guidance on what we need to be included in the plans. To view the guidance, click here. Plans must address all of the areas outlined and can be submitted at covidplans.madisonph.org or emailed to Erin Fawley, Director of Community Health & Accreditation, at email@example.com. Plans should be submitted at least two weeks in advance of your event. Protective factors are individual or environmental conditions or behaviors that reduce risk. Regardless of how you personally view COVID-19 risk, during this phase of the pandemic you should layer as many protective factors as possible. Layering multiple protective factors reduces the risk of COVID-19 spreading in our community. This document has been written by MCPH to help event and activity planners use protective factors.
MCPH has provided local recommendations as we enter the next phase of the pandemic. This document has been written by MCPH to help organizations make decisions on how to proceed once most state health orders are lifted on June 2, 2021. These are all public health recommendations and not requirements.
Responsible Restart Ohio plans were created to prevent spikes of COVID-19 cases while reopening. Some business sectors had a specific date they were allowed to open, but only if they are able to follow certain health and safety protocols. This includes required face coverings for employees, health screenings, good hygiene, sanitizing workspaces, and limiting capacity for social distancing. Employees that can work remotely should continue to do so. To view the details, click here. The full orders can also be read by following the State Orders link at the bottom of this page. As of June 2, 2021, most state orders expired. If you have questions or a complaint about a business please call our office at 740-852-3065 or call the ODH information line at 833-427-5634.
Research shows that facial coverings are effective at containing respiratory droplets when worn properly. They should cover the nose, mouth, and chin. People can spread COVID-19 without showing symptoms at all AND you can spread it 2 days before your first symptom appears. While a basic (cloth) facial covering can help contain virus-laden droplets, a high quality mask (such as those with at least 3 layers, KN95 masks, and KF94) also helps the person wearing the mask by keeping droplets from being inhaled. Do not place a facial covering on children under 2 years old, people who have trouble breathing, or those who cannot remove it themselves
There are a lot of mask resources on the internet. Here are the most helpful and substantiated ones that MCPH recommends:
Science Brief: Community Use of Cloth Masks to Control the Spread of SARS-CoV-2
ODH Face Mask Research
The Multiplicative Power of Masks
How Well Do Masks Work?
Why Masks Work Better Thank You'd Think
Need a mask? MCPH is working with our partners at the Madison County EMA to help residents get free masks, especially individuals in our community that may be in need. To get a free facial covering, call Madison County EMA at (740) 852-4200, Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm.
As of June 2, 2021, most state orders expired. If you have questions or a complaint about a business please call our office at 740-852-3065 or call the ODH information line at 833-427-5634.
Do not call 911 unless you have an emergency.
Those entering Ohio after travel to locations reporting positivity rates of 15% or higher are advised to self-quarantine for at least 10 days. Note that some states may ask visitors to self-quarantine for at least 10 days upon arrival. Many travel bans are in effect throughout the world and the latest advisories can be found at travel.state.gov and cdc.gov/travel.
State Orders regarding COVID-19
As of June 2, 2021, most state orders expired. To view all of the state orders that have been issued, please click here.
The Ohio Department of Health has opened a confidential, tollfree COVID CareLine at 1-800-720-9616. You can use this to talk with a licensed mental health professional from 8am to 8pm, 7 days/week. You may also call the Disaster Distress Hotline at 1-800-985-5990 if you are concerned about your mental health. Don’t panic; this is an overwhelming time for many. Only use trusted sources of information such as the CDC, ODH, and MCPH. Enjoy the weather with others in your household. Outdoor activities pose a lower risk of spreading COVID-19 than confined indoor spaces. We are all in this together!
To view all of the public information releases from Madison County Public Health, please click here.
For a current state-wide information, visit the Ohio Department of Health Website.