Coronavirus Disease (COVID)
Website updated Friday, July 23, 2021 at 3:51pm EST.
in Madison County
in Madison County
in Madison County
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Monthly breakdown of new and existing cases (updated monthly)
New COVID Cases Per Week & Community Transmission (updated weekly)
Statewide case incidence rates (updated weekly)
|Presumed Recovered per ODH: 4,385
|*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
Local Advisories & Recommendations
Madison County Public Health Local Advisories & Recommendations
While some prevention measures will continue to be necessary as the pandemic in Madison County changes week to week, fully vaccinated people may be able to start some activities with low or reduced risk of getting sick with COVID-19 or passing it on to other people. With the expiration of most state orders, Madison County Public Health has issued public health recommendations for summer 2021. Please click or tap here for the recommendations.
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. They may be able to provide testing. Call 740-845-7134.
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. These test kits are available to individuals who have at least one symptom of COVID-19. Test kits are most accurate and intended to be used with the first seven days of symptoms starting. These test kits are not intended to be used as a general or recurring screening tool. 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.
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.
Anyone age 12 and older can now get COVID-19 vaccine.
General COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting the virus and may 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. 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 until a week or two after your second shot.
- Getting COVID-19 may offer some natural protection, known as immunity. But experts don’t know how long this protection lasts, and the risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 far outweighs any benefits of natural immunity. 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 as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. No one tool alone is going to stop the pandemic. Continue to wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Case interviews and contact tracing are effective disease control strategies and have been used in Public Health for more than 100 years. This involves asking sick individuals to isolate and their contacts to quarantine at home. Screening, testing, and case/contact tracing are actions that can be taken to slow the spread of transmission of COVID-19. Madison County Public Health designed the COVID-19 Case, Contact, Isolation, and Quarantine Guidelines for Madison County K-12 Schools. You can read these guidelines by clicking here.
If you have questions about whether your child should choose in-person or virtual learning, the CDC has created a Decision-Making Tool for Parents and Guardians. The questions in the tool are meant to help parents weigh the risks and benefits of different learning styles. It can also help spark a family conversation about everything that needs to be considered when returning to school. A PDF of the tool can also be found here.
Masks & Facial Coverings
Research shows that facial coverings are effective at containing respiratory droplets when worn properly. They should cover the nose, mouth, and chin. Research shows that people can spread COVID-19 without showing symptoms at all AND you can spread it 2 days before your first symptom appears. A facial covering won’t protect you from getting sick, but it WILL help prevent you from potentially spreading the virus to others. Facial coverings help keep respiratory droplets in, not out, so you should continue social distancing and frequent handwashing to protect yourself. Do not place a facial covering on children under 2 years old, people who have trouble breathing, or those who cannot remove it themselves.
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.