Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Madison County Public Health (MCPH) is working on Coronavirus (COVID19) response every single day.  You should monitor state and local news but rely on MCPH for reliable information on COVID19 right here in Madison County.  Information and guidance for COVID19 changes daily.  We are now providing modified office services to the public. For details, please click here.


Updated Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 2:05pm EST

128  16 144  19  7
 Confirmed
Cases
in 
Madison County
Probable
Cases

in Madison County 
Total
Cases
in Madison County
Hospitalizations
Deaths

*Totals include 56 inmates that resulted in 2 deaths. 0 cases are residents in long-term care facilities. Details can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov.

45  1 89
Median Age of Cases
in 
Madison County
Age of Youngest Case
in Madison County 
Age of Oldest Case
in Madison County

        *On occasion you may find a difference between the numbers reported on the state website and our
        website.  Cases are continuously reported by labs and doctors.  These numbers are a snapshot in time. 
        Our team is working hard to properly and thoroughly investigate cases and report accurate information.

         Click on the image to view the case curve graph for Madison County:   chart


  • Responsible Restart Ohio plans have been announced by Governor DeWine. Ohio will reopen slowly to prevent spikes of COVID-19 cases. Certain business sectors have a specific date they are 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 hygeine, sanitizing workspaces, and limiting capacity for social distancing. Other sectors, such as entertainment and schools, are not allowed to reopen at this time. 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. If you have questions or a complaint about a business in regards to these orders, please submit them online at restartohio.madisonph.org
  • The Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory is strongly encouraging people to stay home as much as possible. Mass gatherings of 10 people or more are still prohibited. Everyone is strongly encouraged to wear face coverings and practice social distancing when out in public. Elderly people and other vulnerable populations should take additional precautions. The full advisory can be read by following the State Orders link at the bottom of this page.
  • Confirmed cases have been verified by a lab test. Probable cases are most often the symptomatic contacts of a confirmed case. Probable cases are only reported after meeting specific public health criteria. They have not been tested or confirmed by a lab, but monitoring them allows us to have a better picture of how COVID-19 is affecting our community. Public health nurses 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. We do not know if people who were sick once with COVID-19 can get sick again or if they will build immunity to the virus. One thing we have learned is that the virus affects everyone differently, including length of illness and symptoms. There is no standardized definition of a recovered case of COVID-19 across the healthcare profession; this is why recovered cases are often not reported.
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public. It's the right thing to do. The CDC has estimated that as many as 25% of people with COVID-19 may be asymptomatic. These carriers can still spread the virus and you could be one of them. A cloth face covering won’t protect you from getting sick, but it WILL help prevent you from potentially spreading this virus to others. Face coverings help keep respiratory droplets in, not out. New research out of Cincinnati helps explain how effective these masks can be. Continue social distancing & frequent handwashing to protect yourself. Do not place a face covering on children under 2 years old, people who have trouble breathing, or those who cannot remove it themselves. Remember: surgical and N95 masks are for healthcare workers. For more information on face coverings and resources for making them at home, please click here.
  • Know what to do if you feel sick. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other related symptoms include headache, body aches, shaking with chills, diarrhea, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell If you are experiencing symptoms you should call your regular healthcare provider to see if you need to be evaluated. If you do not have a healthcare provider, you should call Madison Health at 740-845-7400. Your healthcare provider may decide over the phone if an in-person assessment or testing is needed. 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.
    • Stay home for 14 days if you show any of the symptoms listed above. If symptoms last longer than 14 days, stay home at least 1 week after symptoms stop.
 
  • Understand the local facts about testing. Only people with symptoms are tested for COVID-19.  Symptoms include cough, fever, shortness of breath, headache, body aches, shaking with chills, diarrhea, sore throat, and loss of taste or smellYour doctor must submit an order for a COVID-19 test. Your doctor will evaluate you (either in person or using telehealth) and submit an order for a test if he or she believes you need it based on their exam.  All testing locations require an appointment. If your doctor submits an order for you to be tested, you will receive instructions from the doctor about the location to go to for testing. You should NOT go to the emergency room to request testing unless directed to do so by your doctor.  Local health departments, including MCPH, do not provide testing. We have worked with Madison Health to help increase testing in Madison CountyThey will be doing this with their new Patient Care Center. Testing will only be done by a physician’s order and appointment. Please call your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms. 
  • Don’t panic. We know this is an overwhelming time for many. Take care of your mental health. Remember: these measures are being taken to help avoid a major crisis in our healthcare system. Only use trusted sources of information such as the CDC, ODH, and MCPH. Call, FaceTime, video chat, or write a letter to your loved ones. Go outside and enjoy the weather. 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 healthWe are all in this together!
  • Anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 cannot enter Ohio. While travel to other states is allowed, it is not encouraged. Many travel bans are in effect throughout the world. Some states may ask those entering to self-quarantine for 14 days. The latest travel information can be found at travel.state.gov and cdc.gov/travel.
  • Donate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We are working daily with Madison County EMA to coordinate PPE availability in the county. If you are a medical professional, business, or factory who has extra PPE due to a change in work requirements, PLEASE donate your PPE to our healthcare workers who are fighting the pandemic on the front lines. We need you.
    1. Madison County needs: Surgical masks (ear-loop or ties), N95 masks, Latex gloves, Protective clothing gowns, goggles/face shields, and homemade masks.
    2. To donate: Call Madison County EMA at (740) 852-4200, Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm.