Board Of Health Issues Public Notice On Coronavirus

Erie County Health Department is taking action to prevent community spread of COVID-19 but cannot do it without you. There are 4 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, and there is known to be community spread. There are 0 confirmed cases in Erie County and 0 Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) in Erie County. Erie County Health Department asks that you join in on an ALL COMMUNITY approach to prevent COVID-19 in Erie County.

At home and work, the cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for the prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in households and community settings. Diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:

  • 1/3rd cup bleach per gallon of water OR
  • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Erie County Health Department echoes Governor Mike DeWine’s guidance of social distancing as a proactive approach to keeping our community safe:

  • Rescheduling or canceling large social gatherings and events for 30 days.
  • Religious institutions should consider alternative ways for vulnerable people to celebrate religious services by adjusting practices to reduce the spread of disease.
  • Nursing homes should limit visitors and screen visitors, vendors, and staff upon entrance for symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath).
  • Colleges and universities should conduct remote learning, screen international students, eliminate international travel for students, faculty, and staff, and limit group gatherings.

Erie County Health Commissioner, Peter Schade, and school officials from area public schools all agree to the following:

  • Announce a joint closing of schools at the recommendation of a county or state health official, should this become necessary per recommendation by health officials.
  • Providing electronic options to students to address academic work in the event of the closure of schools for multiple days
  • Agreement to suspend large gatherings for 30-days and then reassess the next steps at that time
  • Districts will provide deep cleaning of buildings and facilities
  • Districts will develop regular correspondence to maintain communications with students, parents, and community members
  • School officials will continue to contact the Erie County Health Department regarding strategic steps and recommendations of specific actions.

The Health Department understands that with this is an evolving situation. Erie County Health Department continues to post the most up to date guidance for our community to its website. If you still have questions contact the COVID-19 hotline at (419) 626-5623 ext. 284.