Health & Wellness

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

 

 

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