The Piqua Health Department is strongly encouraging 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 as the county moves into a Level 3 Red risk level.
“We are seeing a dramatic increase in the number of cases. Last week we had 80 Piqua residents test positive for the virus with 107 already this week. Previously, we were averaging about 38 cases per week,” said Amy Welker, Director of Health & Sanitation.
The State of Ohio utilizes the Ohio 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 3 Red risk level. At this level, citizens should be aware of very high exposure and spread among the community. Citizens are encouraged to exercise a high degree of caution when going out in public and limit activities as much as possible.
Citizens can limit their exposure to the virus by following the guidelines provided by the Ohio Department of Health:
- Wear face coverings or masks
- Conduct self-evaluation and stay home if symptoms arise
- Maintain proper social distancing of at least 6 feet
- Avoid high populated gatherings
- Avoid high-risk areas when traveling or only travel when necessary
- Use good hygiene: washing hands, use hand sanitizers, avoid touching your face, cover coughs/sneezes with your elbow or tissues
- Avoid contact with those who are high-risk
For more information regarding the Level 3 Red risk level please visit https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/public-health-advisory-system/
On Wednesday, November 11, 2020 governor DeWine addressed the state of Ohio stating that Ohio is currently facing a record number of hospitalizations and intensive care admissions related to COVID-19.
New Mask Order
Governor DeWine and the Department of Health will be reissuing the mask order that was originally put in place in July and will include new provisions:
- A sign stating Face Coverings Required will be required to be placed at each public entrance of all businesses.
- Each business is responsible for ensuring customers and employees are wearing a mask.
- The Bureau of Workers Compensation will lead a new Retail Compliance Unit to ensure retail compliance. A written warning will be issued for a first violation and a second violation will result in a closure for up to 24 hours.
New Social Gathering Order
In April an order was put in place to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people. Ohio is beginning to experience extensive spread from banquets, weddings, receptions, and gatherings after funerals. The following guidelines will be added to the existing social gathering order:
- Open congregate areas will not be open
- Everyone must be seated and masked unless they are actively consuming food or drinks
- Things such as dancing and games will be prohibited during these events
Restaurants, Bars, and Gyms
If the trend of rising cases continues the state will be forced to close restaurants, bars, and gyms. These locations have an increased risk of higher spread due to it being nearly impossible to maintain mask-wearing during these activities.
For more information or to view all active orders please visit www.coronavirus.ohio.gov.