The Piqua City Health Department is reporting a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak within Piqua Manor, a long term care facility.
At this time, the Piqua Health Department has been notified of 16 positive COVID-19 cases within the facility. Of those cases, 12 are residents and 4 are staff members. There have been no hospitalizations or deaths reported with this outbreak. These additional cases bring Piqua’s case count to over 200 cases.
The Piqua Health Department is working very closely with Miami County Public Health in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Contact tracing is being conducted and those who are identified as close contacts to positive cases will be quarantined. The facility is following proper COVID-19 guidelines, including isolating positive cases to prevent further spread.
Amy Welker, Piqua Health & Sanitation Director stated, “The facility is doing everything possible to protect the residents and staff at this time. They were prepared to respond to this situation and have put in place all the necessary protocols.”
The public is reminded to take the following actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
- Wear a mask to limit exposure.
- 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 with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with your arm or your inner elbow, NOT your hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
If a person believes they may have symptoms or have come in contact with a positive COVID-19 case, they should CALL their doctor. People with mild illness are encouraged to stay home and care for themselves. It is strongly discouraged to show up to your healthcare provider office or hospitals without calling first, which can risk the health of others.
“It is possible we will see more local cases as this outbreak evolves. The facility is working diligently to respond to the situation and protect the health and safety of our community,” Welker said.
For more information, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call ODH COVID-19 Hotline at 833-4-ASK-ODH (833-427-5634). The ODH call center is open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.