COVID-19

Current Ohio Public Health Advisory System Level: ORANGE

 

2,697

 

Total Cases

2,305

Confirmed Cases

392

Probable Cases

2,398

Recovered Cases

277

Active Cases

692

Currently in Isolation/Quarantine

5,751

Completed Isolation/Quarantine

3

Currently Hospitalized

48

Total Hospitalizations

22

Deaths

33

Median Age
(total cases)

<1-90+

Age Range
(Total cases/years)

51%

Female

49%

Male

 

Because the Delaware General Health District strives to provide the most accurate, transparent data possible to the public, we are adjusting our reporting to every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This new schedule gives our epidemiologists time to conduct quality assurance with our data to make sure it is the most accurate prior to release.  

The Health District aims to provide real-time data to the public, but a drawback to real-time data is that during disease investigations numbers can change for a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons may include jurisdiction or a probable case becoming a non-case after testing negative. When we receive negative lab results, we reclassify them to “not a case” and subtract them from any other category they were also in, like “recovered.”

Portions of Delaware County are annexed to Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health based on tax jurisdiction, including Dublin, Washington Township, Columbus and Westerville. If a resident would test positive for COVID-19 in one of those jurisdictions, then the public health department in Columbus or Franklin County would handle that case, even if they reside in Delaware County.

 

The Ohio Department of Health is requiring both lab-confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 be reported within 24 hours to the local health department in the jurisdiction in which the case resides. We will report out both the number of positive lab-tested cases and the number of probable cases of COVID-19. A probable case must meet a specific CDC definition and is determined by a healthcare provider and/or the Delaware General Health District. A healthcare provider and/or the Delaware General Health District must determine if the symptoms along with other diagnostic tools indicate the ill person falls within the CDC definition for a probable case.

Delaware General Health District, in coordination with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is closely monitoring coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

 

CDC is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in 60 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”).

On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concernexternal icon” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community in responding to COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Mid-Year Report

The Delaware General Health District is offering limited COVID-19 testing by appointment only.

The Delaware General Health District wants you to know that you have the opportunity to vote safely in the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election.  Several options exist for you to exercise your fundamental right to vote.  In particular, you may:

 1. Request an absentee ballot by mail.  Ohio law allows you to request an absentee ballot until noon on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020.  However, election officials strongly encourage voters to request their ballot no later than 1 week before the election (Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020)  in order to allow the US Postal Service adequate time to mail both your request form and your completed ballot. You may also drop your ballot off at the board of election’s drop box without having to leave your vehicle. 

2. Should you wish to vote in-person, you may consider voting early at the board of elections up until 2:00 PM on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, or at your polling location from 6:30 AM – 7:30 PM on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.  In either case, we STRONGLY encourage you to utilize the “curbside voting” method, which will allow you to vote from your car without exposing yourself to other voters.  A bipartisan team of election officials will provide you with a ballot that you will be able to privately and securely cast.

3. Ohio law permits additional voting opportunities for confined or unforeseeably hospitalized voters.  Contact the Delaware County Board of Elections for additional details.

Should you have any questions about these options, please contact the Delaware County Board of Elections at https://boardofelections.co.delaware.oh.us/voter-information/, or call (740) 833-2080.

Contact Information:

General COVID-19 questions:
1-833-427-5634 (ODH hotline)

Report a disease:
740-368-1700

Healthcare Professionals
Call: 740-368-1700
Or Click here to submit a secure message

After-hours emergency line
740-815-6518