From the City of Cincinnati’s Health Department Health Matters March 2020 Newsletter
With the growing threat of COVID-19, the Cincinnati Health Department is working with local, state and federal officials to adjust plans proactively to help protect the safety and well-being of residents and City employees.
The Mayor has declared a State of Emergency to take appropriate action to protect against the spread of COVID-19. On March 22, Governor Mike Dewine has issued a Stay at Home order asking Ohioians to stay at home except for grocery shopping, food carry out, and exercise (including City Parks) to mention a few. Mayor John Cranley is enforcing the order for Cincinnati residents.
Cincinnatians are urged to continue to protect themselves as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.
- Practice social distancing and keep 6 feet away from people.
- 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.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. For added precaution, keep a safe distance from those who have no apparent symptoms.
- Stay home when you are ill, even if symptoms are mild.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Protecting vulnerable populations
Additionally, the City strongly encourages residents to adjust their personal social etiquette practices accordingly:
- No handshaking. Eliminate this traditional courtesy, as iit requires close contact.
- Opt for video meetings or conference calls; take steps now to reduce the need for in-person meetings until further notice.
- Don’t pass mobile phones, laptops or other personal belongings to others. Everyone should have their hands only on their own belongings.
- Make hand sanitizer visibly available.
Kimya Moyo, Health Liaison