Walk-In COVID Boosters & Flu Shots: Just in time for holiday gatherings, the Union County Health Department is offering COVID-19 boosters & flu shots on Nov. 18. The walk-in clinic is from 9am-11am at the Union County Health Department, 940 London Ave, Marysville. No appointment is needed. Just stop in any time from 9am-11am on Nov. 18. Ages 5 and older are welcome and both a flu shot and COVID-19 bivalent booster can be administered. Most insurances are accepted and there is no out-of-pocket cost for COVID-19 vaccination under the federal public health emergency. Please bring your COVID vaccine record card(s) and insurance card.
CDC recommends people ages 5 years and older receive an updated (bivalent) booster if it has been at least 2 months since their last COVID-19 vaccine dose, whether that was their final primary series dose, or an original (monovalent) booster. An annual flu shot is recommended for people age 6 months and older.
COVID-19 boosters and flu shots are also available at many local pharmacies. Check out www.vaccines.gov to find a COVID-19 bivalent booster provider near you.
Holiday Test Kit Distribution: Are you interested in COVID-19 testing prior to hosting or attending a Thanksgiving gathering? The Union County Health Department is offering a holiday COVID-19 test kit distribution. To request test kits for the Thanksgiving holiday, click here. Requested test kits can then be picked up curbside outside the Union County Health Department on Nov. 17 from 9am-4pm or Nov. 18 from Noon-4pm.
Test to Treat Locations: There are medical treatment options available for people with COVID-19 who are at higher risk for severe illness from a COVID infection. If you start to develop symptoms of COVID-19, please test or call your healthcare provider right away. Talk to your healthcare provider about medications that can help reduce the risk of severe illness. Many of these medications needed to be taken within the first several days after symptoms develop so please don’t hesitate. Through the federal COVID Test to Treat program, CVS & Kroger pharmacies in Marysville may also be a good resource. These Test to Treat locations do COVID-19 testing and can prescribe and fill prescriptions to help people with COVID who are at higher risk for severe illness. Please contact these locations for details.
Positive for COVID?
Please report positive test result to the Union County Health Department through our online form or by calling 937-642-2053.
REMINDER: What to do if you have COVID or are exposed to someone with COVID
People who are positive for COVID stay home at least 5 days and wear a mask for 10 days. People who have moderate illness (difficulty breathing, shortness of breath) or severe illness (require hospital care) or who are immunocompromised may need to stay home longer.
People who are exposed to someone with COVID do not need to quarantine at home, but should wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and should test if they develop symptoms, or if they do not develop symptoms, test on day 6 after exposure.
The current CDC guidance is as follows:
- Positive for COVID – If you test positive for COVID, stay home at least 5 days. Don’t return to public activities until at least 5 days have passed since your symptoms started. If you have mild illness, your symptoms are improving, and you are fever-free for at least 24 hours without the help of a fever-reducing medicine, you can resume public activities after 5 days but should wear a mask until 10 days have passed since your symptoms began. You should avoid contact with any loved ones who are at greater risk for severe illness and should avoid high-risk settings like nursing homes for a full 10 days.
If you prefer, you can use a test-based strategy to end masking. If you get two sequential negative home tests 48 hours apart, you may remove your mask sooner than day 10. However, if your antigen test results are positive, you may still be infectious. You should continue wearing a mask and wait at least 48 hours before taking another test. Continue taking antigen tests at least 48 hours apart until you have two sequential negative results. This may mean you need to continue wearing a mask and testing beyond day 10.
If you have significant shortness of breath or difficulty breathing during your illness, you should stay home for 10 days from when symptoms started. If you are immunocompromised, you should stay home for 10 days from when symptoms started. If you are severely ill and require hospital care, talk to your doctor or hospital about when you can end isolation.
- Exposed to COVID – If you are exposed to COVID you should wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and monitor for symptoms. If you do not develop symptoms, test on day 6 after exposure. If you do develop symptoms, stay home and test. If you test positive, follow isolation guidance.
NOTE: Masks are not recommended for children under ages 2 years and younger, or for people with some disabilities. Other prevention actions (such as improving ventilation) should be used to avoid transmission during these 10 days.