37 Cases in Union County: The Union County Health Department is reporting 37 cumulative cases within Union County communities. This community data does not include cases among persons living at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville. 28 cases are lab confirmed cases. 9 cases are probable cases per strict CDC guidelines. 29 individuals have recovered. 8 are actively ill and in isolation. 0 individuals are currently hospitalized. 3 cases have required hospitalization during their illness. 0 deaths have been reported. Cases are 51.3% male and 48.7% female. Age range is <1 to 83 years with a median age of 40. 33% of cases were community acquired (unknown source of exposure), 27% of cases had occupational exposure (healthcare worker, correctional facility worker, first responder), 24% of cases were close contacts of a known case, 16% of cases had travel exposure.
Two Cases at ORW: The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction reports 2 inmates are currently positive for COVID-19 and in isolation at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville. The full institution is in quarantine. The Union County Health Department is working with ORW to do the necessary contact tracing for staff who may have had close contact with the positive inmates.
Indoor Dining Reopen Today/Outdoor Dining Reopening Went Well: Indoor dining reopened in Ohio today. UCHD’s sanitarians have worked with many local restaurants and bars to answer questions and help owners understand how they can comply with the safety requirements. Based on observations and community reports over the weekend regarding outdoor dining and during the carry out only period, our Environmental Health Director, Marcia Dreiseidel, reports that most restaurants are doing a good job. The complaints we have received are typically quickly resolved. Even over the weekend, when she connected with an establishment, the managers had already adapted plans to adjust the challenges experienced the day before. Please take a look at the video posted on our Facebook Page today to get a look inside at how restaurants have prepared for today’s reopening.
Mass Gatherings Remain Limited: While many restrictions have or are lifting in the coming week, the 10 person limit on mass gatherings remains. The Governor has not indicated when this limit will be lifted. This means gatherings in public venues and homes of more than 10 people is still prohibited unless specifically noted as part of the sector specific requirements.
Campgrounds Reopen Today / Pools, Low-Contact Sports & Gyms Open Next Week: Our team has been working with our city parks and recs partners and sports league organizers and facilities for the past several weeks. We are supporting where we can as parks, pools and sports complexes develop plans for how to reopen safely.
Athletic Conditioning & Skill Training Allowed May 26: Lt. Governor Husted announced today that in consultation with the Ohio High School Athletic Association, sports conditioning such as weight lifting, skill training and agility will be allowed beginning May 26. This applies to all sports, including contact sports. The Lt. Governor emphasized that scrimmages, tournaments and games for contact sports is still prohibited as of now.
Ohio State Fair Canceled, No News on County Fairs: The governing board of the Ohio State Fair announced the 2020 Ohio State Fair has been canceled. The Ohio State Fair will have virtual features to promote Ohio’s agriculture. At this time, no announcements have been made regarding county fairs. A state workgroup has been meeting and we hope for guidance soon.
No News on School Plans for Fall: We have received many calls about the 2020-2021 school year. We have discussed these questions and concerns with our state partners. As of now, no plan for reopening has been provided from our state partners. As of what we know now, the decision on the reopening of schools will be made at a state level. We anticipate our role as a local health department will continue to be to help interpret and work with school partners to implement the guidance once it comes down.
Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory: Dr. Acton signed the Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory last night and signed an order that rescinds and modifies portions of the Stay Safe Ohio Order. Our team is working through the new orders and will continue to assist partners and businesses interpret and implement the new orders. The new orders can be found at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/resources/news-releases-news-you-can-use/new-public-health-orders.