The Williams County Health Department has developed community talking points in an effort to provide useful information as we work together to prevent COVID-19 spread in our community.
- COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Williams County. In the past 7 days (Dec. 1st-Dec. 8th), there have been 285 new cases, 12 hospitalizations, and 0 deaths. As of 12/3, Williams County remains level 3 (red) on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System (OPHAS) and triggered 4 of the 7 indicators (New cases per capita, New cases increase, Non-congregate cases, & Emergency department visits) and high incidence.
- Quarantine vs. Isolation Guidance
-Isolation – Isolation separates sick people with COVID-19 from people who are not sick (people who have tested positive for COVID-19). If you receive positive results, it is important to stay home for 10 days, beginning on the day your symptoms first started (or if you never had symptoms, 10 days after the date of your test). For more information, visit our website: https://bit.ly/36UgG5H or click here for CDC guidance: https://bit.ly/37yDLKk.
-Quarantine – Quarantine separates people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick to reduce the risk of the virus spreading further. It is for close contacts to COVID-19 cases. A close contact is someone who has been within 6 ft of a positive case for 15+ minutes over a 24 hour period, regardless of wearing mask use.
- While 14 days of quarantine for close contacts presents the lowest risk of post-quarantine transmission, the CDC and ODH updated their guidance to allow shortened quarantine (10 days after exposure) for people who remain symptom-free during the 10 days. It is important that people who end quarantine on day 10 continue to monitor for symptoms for 4 more days, wear a mask, and social distance from others. If they develop symptoms, they must self-isolate and should contact their healthcare provider.
- Free Pop-Up Testing Site & Preregistration Details
-Testing is important to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Williams County, in partnership with the Ohio National Guard, has scheduled a pop-up COVID-19 testing site in Williams County on Thursday, December 10, 2020 at the Williams County Fairgrounds.
Date & Time: Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 12pm – 5pm
Location: Gillette Building at the Williams County Fairgrounds – 619 Main St. Montpelier, OH 43543
-Any individual 2 years or older can receive a free COVID-19 test. The testing site will be set up as an indoor walk up event in the Gillette Building. Masks and social distancing between people in separate households is required.
-People may preregister for the event, although preregistration is not required. Use this link to preregister and view the attached document for registration instructions: https://bit.ly/COVIDTestWC
-If you are unable to get tested at the pop-up COVID-19 testing site, you can reach out to your healthcare provider for testing or find additional testing sites on the Ohio Department of Health website: https://bit.ly/3qgppa1.
- COVID-19 Defense Team Partner Videos
-Williams County put together a team of leaders who are working together to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community so Williams County can return to normal. A new video campaign in which local residents and leaders share messages that encourage people to take precautions has started. We hope that this will reinforce safe practices throughout our community.
-Campaign videos are posted on WCHD social media sites, YouTube, and air 4-5 times per day on WNHO. To view the videos, click this link: https://bit.ly/2JLENeb.
-If you have a story that you would like to share that reinforces COVID-19 safety in Williams County, call the WCHD for instructions on how to submit a video for the campaign: 419-485-3141.
Source: The Village Reporter