What can we currently do to help reduce the effects of COVID-19 personally and for our community?

COVID-19 Vaccine

Richland Public Health and other providers are currently vaccinating residents of Richland County using the guidelines established by the Ohio Governor’s Office and the Ohio Department of Health.

Here’s Ohio’s plan for Phase 1B (dependent on vaccine supplies):

  • Tuesday, January 19th: vaccinations will be available to those 80 years old and older.
  • Monday, January 25th: vaccinations will open up to those 75 years old and older; those with severe congenital, developmental, or early onset medical disorders.
  • Monday, February 1: vaccinations will open up to those 70 years old and older. Also vaccinations will begin for school personnel.
  • Monday, February 8th: vaccinations will open up to those 65 years old and older.
Until all Richland County providers get a larger allotment of vaccines, scheduling will continue to be difficult. Please be patient. We want to make sure everyone who wants a COVID-19 vaccination can get one.

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How can I reduce the spread?

People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others.

Those at higher risk include people who are 65 and older; people who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility; people with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma; people with serious heart conditions; people who are immunocompromised, including cancer treatment; and people of any age with sever obesity (BMI greater than or equal to 40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as diabetes, renal failure or liver disease.

For the general public, the CDC recommends following the usual steps that help to prevent the spread of illness and the flu:

  • 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 with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or your inner elbow, NOT your hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
  • Wear a face covering in public settings.

The general public can also help by:

    • Preventing the spread of misinformation by learning the facts about COVID-19. Understand that this is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. Continue to visit the CDC website for the most current and accurate information.
  • Fighting fear and stigma by understanding that you cannot tell if someone is at risk for spreading COVID-19 based on how they look. Viruses cannot target people from specific populations, ethnicities or racial backgrounds. Treat everyone with compassion, kindness and respect.

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