Emergency operations center update

| March 25, 2020

The reports of how many confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Coshocton County has raised some questions. The number that is reported daily by the Ohio Department of Health is a rolling number that includes all cases in Coshocton County previous and new. Our current number of confirmed cases is four. The local health departments are advised by either ODH or other testing facility when tests results are confirmed positive. The local health departments will continue to protect the identity of any residents that have tested positive for COVID-19. The safety of these citizens is of upmost concern as they go through a very difficult time. We ask the community to respect the privacy of these citizens.

May citizens have inquired about making masks for our responders. Coshocton Regional Medical Center has some guidance and instructions how to make these masks. These masks will be used by ill patients thereby conserving surgical and other masks for use by responders. For information about how to deliver/drop off completed masks please call the EMA office at 740-622-1984.

For information about what businesses are permitted to remain open during the stay at home order, please refer to coronavirus.ohio.gov. Here you can see the complete order as well as an FAQ. Do not call local law enforcement, EMS or the local health departments for this information.

Actions for Citizens

Please refer to official sources for accurate information about what is being accomplished in the fight against COVID-19. There are many untrue rumors and misinformation that can hinder our ability to provide important information that the citizens of Coshocton County needs.

Check on your neighbors. Help one another out as we all go through this difficult time. Be patient and kind to one another.

To prevent the spread of the disease the CDC encourages everyone to follow these effective practices:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.

Avoid touching you eyes nose and mouth

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing

Avoid contact with sick people

Stay home when you are sick

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects – doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, etc.

For More Information

For further information visit the Facebook pages of the Coshocton City Health Department, the Coshocton County Health Department and the Coshocton County EMA and the following websites: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus, www.coronavirus.ohio .gov. People with questions about COVID-19 can call the Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center, 7 days a week from 9am-8pm at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

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