2019 Novel Coronavirus 

COVID-19 Case Count

As of April 17, 2020, HCPH will no longer share daily Huron County COVID-19 case counts on our social media and website pages. Differences in data pull times, transferring of out-of-county cases to the appropriate county, data being pulled differently (i.e. case jurisdiction vs. patient address), etc. between our agency and the Ohio Department of Health have led to differences in case counts. 

We ask that residents interested in case counts visit the Ohio COVID-19 dashboard at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards/overview.


Data previously reported on confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases, COVID-19 fatalities, and additional statistics including sex, age, and hospitalization status can be found on the Ohio Department of Health’s website. All data is updated daily at 2:00 pm. 


Again, this is intended to minimize confusion among residents.

Latest Information

On April 30, 2020, the Ohio Department of Health issued the new “Stay Safe Ohio” Order. This order is effective May 1, 2020, and extends and revises sections of the previous “Stay at Home Order” and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on May 29, 2020. HCPH encourages residents to read the full order online. We will continue to share information as it becomes available. However, HCPH recommends residents to continue taking every day preventative measures including washing your hands regularly, avoid touching your face, eyes, and mouth, and avoid close contact with those who are sick. If you have questions regarding COVID-19 please call, 1-833-427-5634.


Huron County Public Health (HCPH) expects to see more cases of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in our county and our state in the coming days. Community spread is occurring, which means that more Huron County residents may have COVID-19, including some people who:

  • Are not sure how or where they became sick.

  • Do not show symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, shortness of breath), yet may spread the virus to others.​


Call your healthcare provider if you develop symptoms including:

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Chills

  • Repeated shaking with chills

  • Muscle pain

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • New loss of taste or smell

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) currently recommend that organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the U.S. More Information on Mass Gatherings.

Responsible Restart Ohio

On the following dates the accompanying business sectors are able to open following the Ohio Department of Health's Sector Specific Operating Requirements: 

  • May 4th - Manufacturing, Distribution, and Construction

  • May 4th - General office environments 

  • May 12th - Consumer, Retail, and Services  

  • May 15th - Outdoor Dining and Personal Services including Massage locations and tattoos/piercing businesses

  • May 21st - Restaurant Dine-In Services and Campgrounds

  • May 22nd - Horse Racing

  • May 26st - BMV Services, Gyms, Sports Leagues*, and Pools

  • May 31st - Childcare and Day Camps

  • 5 Protocols For All Businesses

  • ODH Personal Services Order

  • ODH Dine Safe Order


According to the Stay Safe Ohio Order, businesses must require all employees to wear facial coverings, except for one of the following reasons:

• Facial coverings in the work setting are prohibited by law or regulation

• Facial coverings are in violation of documented industry standards

• Facial coverings are not advisable for health reasons

• Facial coverings are in violation of the business’s documented safety policies

• Facial coverings are not required when the employee works alone in an assigned work area

• There is a functional (practical) reason for an employee not to wear a facial covering in the workplace.


On April 20, 2020, Mike DeWine announced that K-12 schools in Ohio will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year. 


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
“2019 Novel Coronavirus is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China and which has now been detected in more than 100 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals, including camels, cattle, cats, and bats. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and now with this new virus (named SARS-CoV-2).” 


The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).

  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

  • Fever

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Chills

  • Repeated shaking with chills

  • Muscle pain

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • New loss of taste or smell

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, it is important that you call your doctor before visiting any medical facility. You must get a doctor's order to get tested for COVID-19. 


There is not an anti-viral medication or a vaccination/immunization available for COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. 


If you are traveling internationally, please review your plans in advance of your trip. Conditions are being updated daily and travel alerts are subject to change. Visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html for travel information from the CDC.

Practice Good Hygiene:
  • Sneeze or cough into the bend of your elbow to keep germs from spreading

  • Regularly wash your hands with soap and water/use alcohol-based hand sanitizer in between

  • Don’t share cups, spoons, forks, etc. with anyone

  • Don’t make food for anyone if you are sick

  • Don’t go to work or school if you are sick

  • Call your doctor, urgent care or emergency department if you are sick – don’t take chances

Please contact your medical provider with any questions.

Testing in Huron County Information:
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing kits are still limited at this time and are unnecessary for those with mild or moderate illness. Until more testing is available, Huron County facilities will prioritize severe cases and inpatients, as they have the most need. If your symptoms are mild or moderate and you are hoping to be tested,  contact your healthcare provider. 
Local Support:
Business and Employer Information:
Report Businesses or Operations Violating State COVID-19 Order


On April 30, 2020, The Ohio Department of Health issued a Director’s Stay Safe Ohio Order stating that people shall not gather in groups of 10 or more and that all businesses approved to reopen shall comply with Social Distancing Requirements as defined in this Order.


Huron County Public Health is investigating issues where businesses and operations are opening before their approved date or not adhering to the required measures listed in the order.  Please read the order regarding approved dates for businesses/operations reopening as well as the Sector Specific COVID-19 Information and Checklist for Businesses/Employers. If after reviewing this information, you would like to report a business or operation violating this order, please use the form below. If you would like to be contacted with follow-up information, please state so in the description box. 

Please note that all information provided is public record. 

For any questions regarding COVID-19, please call the Ohio Department of Health (ODH)'s call center at (1-833-427-5634). The call center is open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Links and Resources:


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A letter from Tim Hollinger, Health Commissioner.

 Tim Hollinger explains what it means to #FlattenTheCurve

Ohio Department of Health
World Health Organization
Huron County Public Health
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Huron County Public Health

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Norwalk, OH 44857

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