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What you need to know:

All individuals who test positive for COVID-19, or have symptoms of another respiratory virus like flu or RSV, should do the following:

  • Stay home and away from others (including people you live with who are not sick).
  • You can resume your normal activities when your symptoms are getting better overall for 24 hours AND you have not had a fever without fever reducing medication for 24 hours.
  • Take added precautions over the next 5 days after resuming normal activities, such as wearing a mask, practicing good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene, physical distancing, and taking steps toward cleaner air.
  • Consider testing again when you are feeling better as a screening tool before gathering with others, especially to help protect people who have risk factors for severe illness. False negatives are possible, false positives are uncommon.
  • If your symptoms return or new symptoms develop, stay home until the two criteria have been met again.


    *Remember, you may still be able to spread the virus to others even if you are feeling better!

    **This guidance does NOT apply to healthcare settings! If you work in/reside in a healthcare setting, refer to CDC’s guidance for healthcare workers and healthcare settings.

For medical emergencies, please call 911.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the CDC has updated the guidance for isolation and exposure. Please see the information below.

What is the current community level for Richland County? When do I need to wear a mask? Check out the CDC link to find out. Community level does NOT apply to healthcare setttings. Please refer to Community Transmittion rates onthe CDC Data Tracker for healthcare settings.