COVID19

COMPLAINTS OR CONCERNS ABOUT MASKS, SOCIAL DISTANCING, ETC.

Please use our online form to report an issue with a local business not adhering to the Governor’s mandates, concerns about masks, or other COVID-19 related issues. Your concerns will be addressed by our compliance team. Click Here to be taken to the form.   


VACCINATION PROGRAM IN GREENE COUNTY


How will I know it's my turn to get the vaccine?

When vaccine is available for the various phases, we will announce vacccine clinics widly through local media and community leaders. We will also announce upcoming clinics on this webpage and social media. To be notified by email of vaccine clinics, based on supply availability and the phase you're in, Complete this form.

How will I know when I can get my second dose?

Greene County Public Health will contact you via a phone call from our Hyper-Reach notification system. The number will come up as 937-347-5030. Please answer this call as it will have important information as to when the clinic for your second vaccine will be as long as you had your first shot with Greene County Public Health. If you listen to the message live it will ask you to press the number 1 to confirm receipt of the message this is for confirmation of the message only and not reserving a place in line or schedule. if you listen to the message on a voicemail you do not need to press 1.

I received a phone call from a number I did not recognize.

Greene County Public Health uses a system called Hyper-Reach to make notification calls for vaccines. You will be called from the number 937-347-5030. Greene County Public Health also will show up as 937-374-5600.
 

Initially, there will be a limited number of vaccines available, and Ohio is committed to making it widely available, for those that want to receive it, as quickly as possible as shipments of vaccine arrive.

Those who are in Phase 1A, should they choose to be vaccinated, are listed below.

  • Healthcare providers and personnel who are routinely involved with the care of COVID-19 patients.
  • Residents and staff at nursing facilities, assisted living facilities and psychiatric hospitals.
  • People with intellectual disabilities and those with mental illness who in group homes or centers and staff at those locations
  • Residents and staff of Ohio’s veterans homes.
  • EMS responders.


Below is a list of individuals who will be vaccinated under Phase 1B, beginning around January 19, pending vaccine shipments:

  • Adults 65 years and older
  • Those living with severe congenital, developmental, or early-onset medical disorders
  • Adults who work in schools


Is there a cost for the vaccine?

Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers may be able to charge admin fees for giving the shot. Vaccination providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund. For more details, visit the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund.

 

What to expect AFTER your vaccination

 

STAY SAFE OHIO PROTOCOLS


DIRECTOR'S STAY AT HOME TONIGHT ORDER EXTENDED TO JANUARY 23, 2021

The UPDATED Director's Stay At Home Tonight order has been posted and can be found here.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH ADVISORY ALERT LEVELS 

Greene County remains at ALERT LEVEL 3 under the Ohio Public Health Advisory Alert System. This means that everyone should follow public health protocols for very high exposure and community spread. 

Additional Resources


Indicators Met for designation of Level 3 (4-5 indicators met) as of 1/14/21:

1) New Cases Per Capita
Flagged if increasing trend of at least 5 consecutive days in overall cases by onset date over the last 3 weeks. Reflects disease spread in the population.

2) Sustained Increase in New Cases
Flagged if increasing trend of at least 5 consecutive days in overall cases by onset date over the last 3 weeks. Reflects disease spread in the population.

3) Proportion of Cases Not In A Congregate Setting
Flagged if proportion of cases that are not in a congregate setting goes over 50% in at least one of the last 3 weeks. Used as indicator of greater risk of community spread.


STATEWIDE MASK ORDER

The statewide mask order was revised in November 2020:

On July 22, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine issued a statewide mask order to begin on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 6:00pm until further notice. Masks are to be worn by everyone age 10 years old and older. Those who are excluded are those with a medical condition or disability; those communicating with someone with a disability; those who are actively excercising or playing sports; those who are officiants at religious services; those who are actively involved in public safety; or those who are actively eating or drinking.

In addition, ODH has included information on face shields, citing the CDC's recommendations. Click the link below:
COVID-19 FAQ: Face Shields

Watch this awesome PBS video: How Well Do Masks Work?

From the CDC: How To Select, Wear and Clean Your Mask. Making a decision about selecting a mask can be confusing. This new website provides tips on how to choose your masks and care for them properly.
 

TESTING 

COVID TESTS: Greene County Public Health is not doing COVID-19 testing at this time. If you need a test, please check with your primary care physician. If you do not have one or your primary care physician is not testing, we suggest that you contact the Kroger Little Clinic, Hometown Urgent Care in Xenia, or Premier Health.  

ANTIBODY TESTS: If you are interested in the antibody test, please contact Hometown Urgent Care or Premier Health for additional information (see links above). There may be a cost involved.

Explanation of the Different Types of Testing

For additional information on testing, please visit Testing and Community Health Centers to search by zip code or county for testing near you. This site will also share any pop-up testing sites available throughout the region and state. You can also check out the COVID-19 Ohio Testing FAQ page for the most frequently asked questions about testing.

Premier Health has moved the UD Arena testing site across the Great Miami River to the OnMain site, which is being redeveloped on the former locatin of the Mongtomery County Fairgrounds.

The OnMain testing site is open Monday-Friday, 10am - 5pm.

  • Drive-thru testing site will still require a physician's order for a test
  • Does not require an appointment

New Sites Now Open:

  • Operation 7 days/week from 9am - 5pm
  • These sites require an appointment

Atrium Medical Center
One Medical Center Drive in Middletown. This will be a drive-thru location near the Behavioral Health Unit canopy.

Upper Valley Medical Center
3130 N. County Road 25A, Troy. Drive-thru testing site in the parking lot northeast of the former Dettmer Hospital site.

Premier Health Urgent Care
6700 Commerce Center Drive, Vandalia. Patients are asked to call on arrival and a staff member will meet them at the door.

Premier Health Urgent Care
8 Prestige Plaza Drive, Miamisburg. Patients are asked to call on arrival and a staff member will meet them at the door.

3 Key Steps to Take While Waiting for Your COVID-19 Test Results


LIVING IN CLOSE QUARTERS

Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. If your household includes people in these groups, then all family members should act as if they, themselves, are at higher risk. This can be difficult if space is limited for large or extended families living together. The following information and link may help you protect those who are most vulnerable in your household.

This document explains how to:

  • Protect the household when you leave for errands
  • Protect household members at high risk for severe illness
  • Protect children and others from getting sick
  • Care for a household member who is sick
  • Isolate a household member who is sick
  • Eat meals together and feed a sick household member



QUARANTINE & ISOLATION - WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

About Quarantine & Isolation

COVID-19 Quarantine FAQ

If you’re isolated or quarantined - COVID-19 Checklist

Helping the Isolated or Quarantined - COVID-19 Checklist

 

WHAT TO DO DURING SELF-QUARANTINE

  • Remain at home and avoid all in-person activities. This includes work, grocery stores and pharmacies, public events, and public places.
  • If you live in a home with other people who did not travel with you, stay in a separate room. If this is not possible, wear a face mask when you are in the same room and stay at least six feet away from others.
  • Do not leave home except to seek medical care. If you need to see a provider for reasons other than a medical emergency, please call in advance and discuss the care you need.
  • In the event of a medical emergency, call 9-1-1. Indicate that you are in home quarantine for novel coronavirus exposure. Keep a face mask on until you are asked by a health care provider to remove it.
  • Do not have visitors in your home.
  • Do not use public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares.

 

CONTACT TRACING

We all need to work together to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing and self-quarantining of people with COVID-19 and close contacts are critical to help slow transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. Learn more about contact tracing here.


PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS 

Read public health and executive orders signed by the governor and health director in response to COVID-19. Click here for the orders

TRAVEL ADVISORY

Those entering Ohio after travel to states reporting positive testing rates of 15% or higher for COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Positivity rate is an indicator of how much COVID-19 there is in a community, and ODH is recommending against travel to those states with high positivity. If someone must travel, ODH is recommending 14 days of self-quarantine after leaving those locations. This advisory is intended for both leisure and business travel, and should be heeded by both Ohioans and out-of-state travelers.

The list of states will be updated every week on Wednesday. Based on a 7-day rolling average of positivity rates of January 6, 2021 the affected states are:

  • ID 48.1%
  • PA 40.3%
  • AL 40.3%
  • IA 40.0%
  • KS 38.2%
  • SD 33.3%
  • KY 26.0%
  • OK 23.2%
  • GA 23.0%
  • UT 21.0%
  • TX 21.0%
  • AR 20.0%
  • TN 20.0%
  • OH 17.0%
  • NV 17.0%
  • AZ 16.4%
  • MO 16.2%
  • SC 16.0%
  • VA 15.2%

*Mississippi and Wyoming have experienced reporting irregularities with the total number of tests performed this past week, which means we are not able to calculate an accurate positivity rate.
 

*Due to the recent holidays, many states are showing reporting anomalies. Please carefully consider if travel is necessary in this moment of widespread transmission across most of the country.

Details: Travel Advisory


COVID-19 SYMPTOMS 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include loss of taste or smell, sore throat, headache, muscle pain, cough, chills, fever, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. Symptoms typically appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Click here to visit the CDC for details.


COVID-19 PREVENTION MEASURES 

Do your part to slow the spread! Please continue to wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, cover your coughs and sneezes, avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes and clean and disinfect high touch surfaces often. We have a series of videos:

NEW!! SURVIVOR VIDEOS FROM THE OHIO HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION:


I Believe - Face Masks

I Believe - Social Distancing

All of Us

Why I Wear A Mask

Doctor Markovich

Handwashing

How To Put On/Take Off Your Mask

Mask Dos and Don'ts

COVID-19 & Community Spread

Rise Up - School

More Than A Mask

Urban Meyer & Jim Tressel: We Can't Let Up.

The Battle Against COVID-19 Isn't Over

Rise to the Task! Wear A Mask.

Grit

Don't Let Up

What are YOU bringing to Mom's?

 
SCHOOL GUIDANCE & EDUCATIONAL LINKS

FOR THE GUIDANCE FROM GREENE COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH, Click Here.
This is guidance only, following the CDC and ODH guidelines (see links below). Each district has the authority to design/modify their own plans to fit the individual needs of each of their schools using the guidance provided.

Reporting Cases & School Dashboard: Schools are required to report cases to their assigned Local Health Department who then report to the Ohio Department of Health. A report of COVID-19 should not be interpreted as an indicator that a school district or school isn’t following proper procedures—school cases can be a reflection of the overall situation in the broader community. Families and staff should always feel free to ask questions of the school district or school.

Letter Templates
These Microsoft Word documents will automatically download when you click the links below. 

School Reporting Resources

Printable Guidelines Posters

Other Helpful Links for Education:

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Ohio Department of Education
Preparing K-12 School Administrators for a Safe Return to School in Fall 2020
Screening K-12 Students for Symptoms of COVID-19: Limitations & Considerations
School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians
Back-To-School Planning: Checklists to Guide Parents, Guardians and Caregivers
Guidance for K-12 Administrators on the use of Cloth Face Coverings in Schools
FAQ for School Administrators on Reopening Schools


SPORTS

Helpful videos:

Checklists and Infographics:

MANAGE ANXIETY AND STRESS RELATED TO COVID-19

Get support from the mental health COVID CareLine for Ohioans from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

  • Call 1-800-720-9616, or
  • Text "4HOPE" to 741 741
  • Join Ohio's Strive for 5 Challenge. Commit to connect with 5 people daily for 30 days. Social connection is always good for our overall health, especially during difficult times.

Mental Health and Recovery Board of Clark, Greene & Madison Counties
As you know firsthand, mental health professionals are working hard to help their clients navigate COVID-19. Meanwhile, they have their own COVID-19-related stress and trauma. That’s why MHRB is launching the Responder Resilience Program; because the helpers need help, too.