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Health Department

Contact Us

4717 Main Ave,

Ashtabula OH 44004

440-992-7123 (Phone)

440-992-7163 (Fax)

 
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For the most current information regarding COVID-19 and Ohio's response, visit the

Ohio Department of Health Coronavirus website.

CITY RESIDENTS ONLY - REPORT NON PROCTORED COVID-19 HOME TESTS HERE

Click here to learn how to protect yourself and others

Updated CDC Guidance

  • On Friday, February 25th the CDC launched COVID-19 Community Levels, replacing the previous COVID-19 transmission levels. This new tool reflects the changing impact of COVID-19 within our communities due to widespread availability of vaccines and testing, advances in treatments, and increasing levels of immunity in the population through vaccination or previous infection. We know we cannot prevent all cases of COVID-19, but we can continue the work limit the spread and protect those who are most at risk of severe illness.

  • Each county’s COVID-19 Community Level is ranked as low, medium, or high, based on COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the previous 7 days, new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 over the previous 7 days, and percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients. The community level metrics, which focus on the number of severe cases that require hospital care and use healthcare resources, and thus are a measure of more serious disease, provide a better picture of COVID-19’s impact on the health of individual people and communities.

Scalable prevention strategies by COVID-19 Community Level are detailed on CDC’s website. The importance of staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccination and testing for symptomatic persons are consistent throughout levels, and it is recommended for everyone to wear a mask when COVID-19 levels are high. Individuals with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to COVID-19 should wear a mask at all community levels in accordance with other public health guidance. 

Links to Current Releases

COVID-19 Symptoms

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms* may have COVID-19:

 

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

*This list does not include all possible symptoms.

When to seek Emergency Medical Attention

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion

  • Inability to wake or stay awake

  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
 

Stay home if you are sick! Click links below for guidance

Considerations for who should get tested

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19

  • People who have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.​​

  • People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, local or state health department.

Not everyone needs to be tested. If you do get tested, you should self-quarantine/isolate at home pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional. You should presume you are positive until your results are returned and begin isolating.

If You Have a Positive Test or Have Been Exposed to Someone With COVID-19

Please follow the current CDC guidelines regarding isolation and quarantine which can be found HERE. A tool to help determine how long you need to isolate, quarantine, or take other steps to prevent spreading COVID-19 is provided as well.

The Ohio Department of Health has released a flow chart based on the CDC’s updated guidance following an exposure to someone with COVID-19.

If you are using an at-home COVID-19 test, please follow the directions and have the test proctored for accuracy and reporting purposes. If you did not follow the instructions or report the results on the website provided with your test, please be sure to document the positive result by taking a picture or labeling the test with the infected persons name and report the positive result to your Health Department. Ashtabula City residents can report your home test results HERE. Please check the phone number entered for accuracy. A member of the Health Department will contact you at that number.

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For up to date and factual information regarding COVID-19, please visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov. In addition, visit the Ohio Department of Health website at www.odh.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634) if you have further questions. The CDC also has a wealth of information to assist you during these difficult times. 

 

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