Sidney is working in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Health and Shelby County to help share vital information and updates regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our state. It is important to remain calm, vigilant, and informed about the virus. In an abundance of caution, Governor DeWine has authorized a public health emergency allowing the State Health Officer to take any action necessary to protect the public health of its residents.
As a large employer and a provider of public programs, services and facilities, Sidney is being proactive and following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations and guidelines in preparation for potential local cases of the virus.
Sidney Emergency Officials are closely monitoring developments related to Coronavirus. City leaders are reviewing response plans accordingly in full compliance with the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health to ensure that all necessary resources and procedures are in place to address any potential impact on our community.
For information, situation updates, and the latest news about Coronavirus, please refer to the CDC’s designated Coronavirus webpage.
The Ohio Department of Health has established a dedicated coronavirus call center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH that is available 24 hours a day seven days a week.
If you feel you are experiencing signs and symptoms of COVID-19, contact your primary care physician.
How Can I Protect Myself and my Family?
Please review these facts about COVID-19 and the best ways to protect yourself and your family from the spread of the disease that the World Health Organization has declared a pandemic
- The Coronavirus is in the same family with the virus that causes the common cold. Most everyone has already been exposed to a type of coronavirus in their lifetime.
- For the vast majority of the people who are positive for Coronavirus, they will only have the symptoms of a common cold. The people at the highest risk for complications are people over 60 and people who have other medical conditions such as diabetes, a heart condition or respiratory conditions.
- Practice social distancing, avoid crowds, avoid shaking hands and avoid touching your face, eyes, mouth, and nose.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol can be a good substitute.
- Only people who meet the CDC guidelines for testing will be tested for Coronavirus. This can change as the CDC changes their guidelines.
- If you are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 a test will not be helpful. COVID-19 can only be confirmed if a person is having symptoms. A test to “rule out” Coronavirus is not helpful if a person is not having symptoms.
- The symptoms of coronavirus may include fever, shortness of breath, cough.
- The incubation period for COVID-19 is 2-14 days.
- There is no treatment or cure for the Coronavirus because it is a virus (like a cold), only the symptoms are treated.
- If you need to go to your doctor, please call ahead and let them know you are coming so they can be prepared for your arrival.
- If you are in medical distress, call 911.