Public Notice Details
Coronavirus Update (3-9-2020)
In everything that we do, the safety of our community is Youngstown City Public Health’s top concern. The Youngstown City Health Department also understands there are questions being raised, based on recent news media and domestic outbreaks of COVID-19 within the United States. In light of that, YCHD wants to share an important message about the coronavirus as well as influenza. The YCHD Nursing Team, Emergency Preparedness Team, and Medical Director have been in constant correspondence with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19). As of today, Ohio has experienced NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 and Ohio is still considered low risk. However, this is an emerging virus with the probability to change on a daily basis as experienced in other states. What YCHD states today has the potential to change by tomorrow. Therefore, YCHD encourages our community partners and residents to refer to the ODH and CDC websites for updated information on COVID-19. Direct web links to ODH and CDC can also be found on the Youngstown City Health District website: www.youngstownohio.gov/health. The ODH site has information for community and faith-based organizations, employers/businesses, long-term care facilities, and schools.
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has opened a call center to answer questions regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). The call center staff includes licensed nurses and infectious disease experts. They will be available to answer questions and provide accurate information about COVID-19, the risk to the public, and the state’s response.
Simple Prevention and Protection with Infectious Diseases
The following simple measures should be followed in order to protect ourselves from infectious diseases such as COVID-19 and Influenza:
- Social distancing – Stay home when you are sick. Please be fever free for at least 24 hours before returning to work.
- Get adequate sleep and eat a well-balanced diet.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with hands.
- Clean and disinfect High-Touch surfaces and objects.
Other Infection Disease Information
Mahoning County is also experiencing high rates of influenza over the past few weeks and the likelihood of contracting influenza is greater at this time. An influenza vaccination protects against influenza viruses and it is not too late to receive one. This may be arranged by calling the YCHD Nursing Division at 330-742-8221.
Also, it is norovirus season. We are starting to get calls and we are seeing an increase in emergency room visits for vomiting and diarrhea. Norovirus is highly contagious and you prevent illness with the same prevention and protection steps listed above.
Youngstown City Health District will continue to monitor the situations with COVID-19, influenza, and Norovirus. Should any cases of COVID-19 arise within our community, then YCHD will work with our local, state (ODH) and federal (CDC) partners at that time.