Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that the Ohio Department of Health will be issuing a 10 pm to 5 am statewide curfew beginning on Thursday, November 19. The curfew will be in effect for 21 days. The curfew will not apply to those going to or from work, those who have an emergency, or those who need medical care. The curfew is not intended to stop anyone from getting groceries or going to a pharmacy. Picking up carry-out or a drive-thru meal and ordering for delivery will be permitted, but serving food and drink in person must cease at 10 p.m. Click here to learn more.
Additionally, Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health have issued a Stay at Home Advisory, effective at 6 pm on November 20. Residents are advised to only leave home to go to work or school or for essential needs such as medical care, groceries, medicine and food pick up. The Stay at Home Advisory will remain in place for two consecutive incubation periods of COVID-19 (28 days) or until both health departments determine a change to the guidance is appropriate. Click here to learn more.
An Ohio Department of Health order has mandated face coverings throughout Ohio. Under the public health order, people must wear masks in any indoor location other than a residence. It also applies to people who are outdoors and unable to consistently maintain six feet of distance, and people waiting for and riding public transportation or ride shares. Click here to learn more. On November 13, Lance Hines, Interim Director of the Ohio Department of Health, issued this order to enforce mask wearing in retail locations.
In addition to the state and Franklin County orders, New Albany also has an Emergency Declaration that includes mandatory face coverings in New Albany businesses.
Franklin County Public Health provides access to COVID-related information by zip code and generally updates these numbers Monday through Friday (holidays excepted). COVID information is broken down by zip code on page 5 of this report. Although New Albany corporate limits are smaller in size than the overall 43054 zip code area, this is currently the best source of local information for COVID-related cases for New Albany and surrounding areas.