Novel Coronavirus Information
The Kent City Health Department (KCHD) is committed to notifying, educating, and preparing Kent City residents for Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. KCHD continues to work with Kent State University, the Portage County Health District, and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) on plans and preparations for the safety of our communities.
The Stay at Home Order extended April 30th by Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, now runs through May 29th. Some non-essential businesses can re-open by following the guidelines.
Responsible Restart Ohio Guidance for restaurants and bars, personal services such as salons and barbers, retail, child care, and more can be found here.
KCHD Memo Related to COVID-19
- General Guidelines for Returning to Office Setting
- Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 (PDF)
- Personal Protective Equipment in Public (PDF)
- Kent has its First Positive Case of COVID-19
- What is the KCHD doing to respond to COVID-19?
- Managing Fears and Anxiety Around COVID-19
- St. Patricks Day Memo
- Declaration of COVID-19 as a Pandemic Memo
Portage County Health District (PCHD) Memo Related to COVID-19
Visit the Ohio Department of Health website for information, resources, updates and a complete list of public health orders highlighting the types of establishments that will remain closed or limited to carry out and delivery food and beverage services during Governor Mike DeWine’s State of Emergency.
For a complete list of resources, please see below:
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (Unemployment Insurance Benefits)
For questions on COVID-19, please call the ODH call center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11, 2020.
As of May 10, 2020, there are 22,891 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio. This designation emphasizes the need to press forward with prevention efforts. COVID-19 is spreading rapidly but its impact can be lessened if we earnestly do the things we have heard repeatedly. As a reminder those things are:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use alcohol hand rub frequently
- Clean high touch surfaces frequently, like doorknobs, keyboards, remotes, and cell phones
- Stay home if you are sick
- Stay away from people you know to be ill
- Get your flu shot
- Keep your hands away from your face
- Cough or sneeze into a sleeve or elbow
- Stay away from large gatherings of people, maintain a six-foot distance from others
While COVID-19 is typically linked to older adults or those currently with health problems that does not mean young, healthy individuals may not still come down with the virus. We strongly urge everyone to adhere to the above recommendations.
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