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.  Effective 3/23/20, MCPH will be modifying office services in response to COVID19. For details, click here.

If you are have questions or a complaint about a business in response to the Governor’s Stay at Home Order, please submit your questions or complaint online at stayathome.madisonph.org. A list of FAQs about the order can be found by clicking here.     

Updated Friday, April 3, 2020 at 1:30pm EST


 12  27 - 76  49  3  2
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  • Madison County Public Health is reporting twelve confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county.  We continue to urge people to stay home and self-isolate as much as possible. Public health nurses are notifying and quarantining close contacts of all confirmed 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. To read the press release on the two deaths, please click or tap here.
  • Please do your part -- stay home. Experts from MCPH, ODH, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expect the number of cases nationwide to continue to increase. To slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community and across Ohio, it is absolutely critical that you stay at home as much as possible. COVID-19 cannot spread to people it cannot reach.
  • Understand the statewide Stay at Home Order. It can be read by clicking the link to state orders at the bottom of this page. Contact your employer if you have questions about reporting to work. You are allowed to grocery shop, receive medical care for both you and your pets, exercise outdoors (but not at group places like playgrounds), and care for others. Roads are open. You do not need a special note to be on the roads. When doing essential activities, always use social distancing and stay at least 6-ft from others. Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.  If you are sick, stay home. A list of FAQs about the order can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov. If you have questions or a complaint about a nonessential business remaining open in Madison County, please submit them at stayathome.madisonph.org.  
  • Know what to do if you feel sick. We need to protect our healthcare system and allow them to care for the sickest patients. It is critical to conserve medical resources and space. Staying home slows the spread and protects our most vulnerable neighbors. You are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID19 if you are 1) an older adult, or 2) any age with a serious chronic medical condition like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, or you have a compromised immune system. If you cannot manage your symptoms with over-the-counter medicine, we suggest you call your doctor. They can assess your symptoms and decide if you need to be seen in person. 
    1. Stay home for 14 days for: Fever or cough you can manage at home with medication. You should also stay home for 14 days for other related symptoms such as headache, body aches, diarrhea, lack of appetite, abdominal pain, and vomiting. If symptoms last longer than 14 days, stay home at least 1 week after symptoms stop.
    2. Call your doctor for: Fever that remains over 103F for more than two hours after taking Tylenol/Advil, a fever for more than 2 days, or you develop new symptoms.
    3. Seek emergency medical care for: Chest pain, shortness of breath, or coughing up stuff for more than one week and have an intermittent fever.
  • Understand the local facts about testing. Testing for COVID-19 is not widely available in Ohio and is limited to those who are very sick and high risk. Currently, testing in Madison County is for those who are hospitalized with a severe respiratory illness. Tests must be ordered, collected, and sent to a lab by a doctor. Tests are not available for purchase. We do not have tests at the health department. Healthcare workers consider all options and they consult with public health staff when deciding who to test. Use this general guideline for testing:  
    1. Not sick → No testing
    2. Mild illness (fever/cough that can be managed at home) → No testing
    3. Severe illness (shortness of breath, chest pain, hospitalization) → Seek testing
  • Prevention is still the best tool for COVID-19 across Ohio. Personal choices, such as staying home and frequent handwashing, will determine how fast this virus spreads. Community transmission of COVID-19 in Ohio is actively happening. We would like to keep it as low as possible - that's why there are community cancellations, postponement of gatherings, and social distancing. Community transmission means that people are getting sick even if they do not have a travel history to other infected areas. While we don’t want people to get too caught up in numbers, you can access the latest numbers of confirmed cases at coronavirus.ohio.gov. Cases are reported by county of residence.
  • 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. If you are concerned about your mental health please call the Disaster Distress Hotline at 1-800-985-5990We are all in this together!
  • Pay attention to travel bans. Only essential travel is permitted under the current Stay At Home order in Ohio. If you are returning from a spring break trip, you should stay home for 14 days and monitor your symptoms. Do not go on any cruise ship or river cruise. Do not travel internationally. If you are overseas, return immediately unless you are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The latest travel recommendations can be found at cdc.gov/travel and travel.state.gov.
  • Don’t buy face masks. Face masks are for sick people and healthcare workers. That’s it. Surgical masks work well to help limit the spread of illnesses from those who are already sick. Respirator masks are essential for our healthcare workers because they are in very close contact with sick people for long periods of time. Masks do not work well to help the general public stay healthy.
  • 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, and Goggles/face shields.
    2. To donate: Call Madison County EMA at (740) 852-4200, Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm.