The Piqua Health Department is reminding citizens to remain vigilant in the fight against the Coronavirus. The City of Piqua has experienced relatively low occurrences of the disease for months, however, things are beginning to change.
“We are seeing an increase in the number of cases. Last week we had 9 Piqua residents test positive for the virus. Previously, we were averaging about 2 cases per week” said Amy Welker, Director of Health & Sanitation.
Citizens can limit their exposure to the virus by avoiding close contact with others, including avoiding large crowds and practicing social distancing. Citizens should also utilize good hygiene to lower their risk of infection and spreading the virus, including wearing a mask, washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and stay home if they have any symptoms of the illness.
The State of Ohio is now utilizing the Public Health Advisory System to keep citizens up to date on the risk level in their community. Miami County and Piqua are currently at a Level 2 Orange risk level. At this level, citizens should be aware of increased exposure and spread in the community. Citizens are encouraged to exercise a high degree of caution when going out in public. The advisory level will be updated again on Thursday.