Wayne County Health Department issues COVID-19 Public Health Advisory

DGKN staff report

WOOSTER  The Wayne County Health Department is issuing a Public Health Advisory to all residents to protect themselves and others from COVID-19. This advisory includes six strategies that will help prevent the spread of the virus in Wayne County, according to a news release from the health department.
The advisory goes into effect beginning Monday and continues until Dec. 21.

The six strategies include recommending people stay home, adhere to the current orders, guidance for meetings (indoor and outdoor), recommending having no guests in your home, guidance if you are sick or have potentially been exposed and guidance for employers and schools.

“We are issuing this guidance because our cases have skyrocketed and we are fearful our hospitals will be over-run,” Health Commissioner Nicholas Cascarelli states in the news release. “We need to mitigate as much of the virus as we can as a community. I’m very optimistic about the prospects of the vaccines, but they aren’t here yet. We have to stay vigilant a little longer.”

It is important to note these are not orders and there is no punishment associated with not following them, the news release states. They are tools to use to stop the spread. Wearing masks, social distancing, frequent handwashing and being familiar with symptoms, are the best tools to slow the spread of COVID-19. It is important that we continue to follow these guidelines and to keep in mind that flu season is approaching. Everyone must do their part to stop the spread of the virus.

COVID-19 information and a weekly summary of trending data for Wayne County can be found at wayne-health.org.

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