The City of Xenia is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it develops and has adopted policies and procedures to protect the general public as well as members of our safety forces and other employees. The health of our residents and employees is a top priority and while we approach this virus with an abundance of caution, we urge residents to remain calm as we navigate this together.
A State of Emergency was declared by Xenia City Manager Brent Merriman on Monday, March 16. The State of Emergency is in line with other declarations at the state and federal level and makes Xenia eligible for funding as it relates to expenses incurred by the virus response. The declaration also allowed the City to make operational changes at the local level. Xenia City Council passed an ordinance at its first meeting in March that gives the City Manager the authority to declare a state of emergency.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can include the following symptoms: runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever, and a general feeling of being unwell. The elderly and those with a weakened immune system are most vulnerable to severe cases. An interactive dashboard on the State of Ohio’s website is tracking the number of COVID-19 cases in the state and breaks down the number of cases by each county. (View the interactive map here.)
A ‘Stay At Home’ order was issued by Governor DeWine beginning on Monday, May 23 and made exceptions for necessary travel, such as essential work, buying groceries, medication, or checking on loved ones. The governor lifted the order on May 19 as Ohio's economy reopens.
Governor DeWine announced the first steps in re-opening Ohio on Monday, April 27. The ‘Responsible Restart Ohio’ plan opens certain areas of the workforce in gradual steps. The first being the healthcare sector on May 1. Hospitals may once again perform procedures that can be done in a day and do not require a patient to stay overnight on that date. Dentist offices and veterinarians are also permitted to re-open on May 1.
Beginning on May 4, Manufacturing, Distribution, Construction and General Office Environments will be re-opened. The State has laid out mandatory and recommended practices for employers to follow when they re-open.
The next sector to re-open will be Consumer and Retail services; their opening date is set for May 12.
Reopenings May 15th includes:
Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, day spas, restaurant patio service
Restaurant dine-in service, campgrounds
Horse racing *This does not include casinos or racinos*
Ohio BMVs, gyms, fitness centers, pools, low or non-contact sports
Childcare providers, day camps
ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONSThe Ohio Department of Health has set up a call center for anyone to call with questions regarding COVID-19. The call center is staffed seven days a week and is open from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. If you have a question, you can call between those hours at 1-833-427-5634.
**Please Do Not call 911 or go to the emergency room if you are experiencing mild symptoms that can be treated at home.** If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms or are having an emergency, please call 911 and tell dispatchers about your symptoms and your travel history.
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COVID-19 AND YOUR WATER
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) sites keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps that can be taken to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. We frequently touch our eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it, allowing germs to get into our bodies. Germs on unwashed hands can also get into your food or drink, hand rails, table tops, toys, or another person's hands.
Removing germs from your hands through hand washing can prevent the spread of diarrhea and respiratory infections.