COVID-19

Dec. 1, 2021 | This week, we are reporting 3 failed factors on the critical factor report card. We continue to advise everyone to wear a mask in public indoor settings and in crowded areas, regardless of vaccination status. While this is not a mandate, we do ask that everyone comply with the practices of public facilities and businesses that continue to require masks as they decide what is best for their customers and staff. With these practices, we can get through this pandemic, protect public health, and support our local economy all by working together! 
Many community residents have voiced their concern over factor 2 – ICU bed capacity for COVID-19 patients. The data source for this factor comes directly from the CDC through their COVID-19 Integrated County View website (https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view). We have reached out to the CDC for clarification on this number and we are still waiting on a response.
We have done some considerable digging for local data resources that are available to the public. In the end, we decided to use the percent of ICU patients with COVID-19 in our region as provided through the Ohio Hospital Association dashboard (https://ohiohospitals.org/covid19data). This data source is extremely helpful as it indicates if COVID-19 is becoming the dominant reason for someone being placed in the ICU. This OHA dashboard also provides much more info on ages of hospitalizations and other trends.
We also are providing a look at other points of important data underneath factor 2, including the percent of COVID-19 ICU beds in use according to ODH’s Region 4 dashboard – which includes Delaware County (https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards/key-metrics/hospitalizations). The CDC recommends public health departments monitor the available number of ICU beds and develop thresholds, based on local health care system usage and capacity, that would trigger community-wide application of layered prevention strategies. These two data points underneath factor 2 are only provided for additional information. They do not determine the pass or fail status of factor 2.

At this time, we are not offering COVID-19 testing, including rapid home tests. Most public libraries and pharmacies offer rapid home tests. Please contact your local library or pharmacy for more info on how to get a test kit.

To locate COVID-19 testing, including home test kits, click HERE.

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.

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions
Symptoms of COVID-19 (updated 9/28/21)

Contact Information:

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

Report a disease:
740-368-1700

Healthcare Professionals

After-hours emergency line
740-815-6518

COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form: Please complete if you are a case
Quarantine Work Release Form: Please complete if you are critical infrastructure and need work release from quarantine. If you are under isolation, you will be denied.

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.