COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

THANK YOU from the New Albany COVID-19 Task Force from NewAlbany Ohio on Vimeo.

Update: May 28

Gov. Mike DeWine has announced that assisted living facilities and intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities that are properly prepared can begin to allow outdoor visitation in Ohio beginning on June 8. Gov. DeWine says that the decision to move forward with outdoor visitation is the culmination of several things, including the impact on the quality of life a prolonged loss of connection can have on an individual, requests from families and residents, and consultation with advocates/providers.

Gov. DeWine said that the state will also be releasing guidelines on how county fair boards/agricultural societies and local health departments can safely allow kids to participate in limited livestock shows and other activities. He said that decisions about county/independent fairs should be made locally because each county and independent fair is unique and has different challenges. The governor is asking all fair boards to comply with all of the Ohio Department of Health orders in place and the guidelines for other sectors that would also apply to fairs, like for foodservice and rides. Updated guidelines should be available here by the end of the day Thursday, May 28.

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For sector-specific operating requirements, click here.

5 PROTOCOLS FOR ALL BUSINESSES:

  1. Require face coverings for employees and recommend them for clients/customers at all times.
  2. Conduct daily health assessments by employers and employees (self-evaluation) to determine if “fit for duty.”
  3. Maintain good hygiene at all times – hand washing, sanitizing and social distancing.
  4. Clean and sanitize workplaces throughout workday and at the close of business or between shifts.
  5. Limit capacity to meet social distancing guidelines.
    • Establish maximum capacity at 50% of fire code.
    • And, use appointment setting where possible to limit congestion.

TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS WHEN A COVID-19 INFECTION IS IDENTIFIED:

  • Immediately report employee or customer infections to the local health district.
  • Work with local health department to identify potentially exposed individuals to help facilitate appropriate communication/contact tracing.
  • Shutdown shop/floor for deep sanitation if possible.
  • Professionally clean and sanitize site/location.
  • Reopen in consultation with the local health department.
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The following businesses and operations remain closed as of May 26, 2020, as part of Ohio’s plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19. All open businesses, facilities, and other operations must follow required safety protocols.

  • K-12 schools.
    • (Excludes activities related to non-contact and limited contact sports; skills training for all sports; pools and aquatic centers.)
  • Childcare services (permitted to reopen May 31).
  • Catering and banquet centers (permitted to reopen June 1).
  • Older adult day care services and senior centers.
  • Adult day support or vocational habilitation services in congregate settings.
  • Rooming and boarding houses, and workers’ camps.
  • Certain entertainment/recreation sites.
    • Includes these places of public amusement:
      • Laser tag facilities, roller skating rinks, ice skating rinks, arcades, indoor miniature golf facilities, indoor trampoline parks, indoor water parks, arcades, and adult and child skill or chance game facilities remain closed.
      • Gambling industries. (Horse racing is permitted without spectators.)
      • Auditoriums, stadiums, arenas.
      • Movie theatres, performance theatres, and concert and music halls. (Drive-in theaters are permitted to open.)
      • Public recreation centers and indoor sports facilities.
      • Parades, fairs, festivals, and carnivals.
      • Amusement parks, theme parks, outdoor water parks, children’s play centers, playgrounds, and funplexes.
      • Aquariums, zoos, museums, historical sites, and similar institutions.
      • Country clubs and social clubs.
      • Certain spectator sports, recreational sports tournaments, and organized recreational sports leagues. (Skills training for all sports is permitted. Non-contact and limited-contact sports are permitted. Batting cages, bowling alleys, tennis facilities, and golf courses are permitted to open.)
      • Some public and private pools. (Public pools and club pools regulated by local health departments are permitted to open. Use of swimming pools for single households also is permitted.)
      • Residential and day camps. (Day camps are permitted to reopen on May 31.)

For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

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On May 19, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted provided the following updates on Ohio’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

OHIOANS PROTECTING OHIOANS URGENT HEALTH ADVISORY:

Governor DeWine today released details of the new “Ohioans Protecting Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory” which replaces the Stay Safe Ohio order that was issued by the Ohio Department of Health on April 30, 2020.

“Ohioans take care of Ohioans because that is at the core of who we are, and that is how we are going to save our economy,” said Governor DeWine. “What this comes down to now is that each of us has a responsibility to each other to slow the spread.  No other time in our lives will our individual actions play a greater role in saving lives.”

The health order replaces language requiring Ohioans to stay at home with limited exceptions with language that strongly recommends that citizens, especially those who are high-risk, stay at home as much as possible. The order does not change the mass gathering restrictions, which remain at a 10-person limit.

The new health advisory also lifts overall travel restrictions and the requirement to quarantine if someone travels to or returns to Ohio. Unnecessary travel within or outside of Ohio is not encouraged.

In addition, those who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have not recovered, those who are presumptively diagnosed with COVID-19, and those who are exhibiting the symptoms identified in the screening guidance available from the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health, remain prohibited from entering the state of Ohio unless they are doing so under medical orders for purposes of medical care, are being transported by emergency medical services EMS, are driving or being driven directly to a medical provider for the purposes of initial care, or are a permanent resident of Ohio.

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March 24, 2020

Dear New Albany Community:

As part of the City’s commitment to keep you informed and up to date, we want to share with you that we have our first confirmed community case of COVID-19. The New Albany-Plain Local School District was notified this evening that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. This staff member works at the Early Learning Center. The school district provided a notice to all families in our school district to protect the safety and welfare of everyone. Since not all New Albany residents have students in our schools, we are sharing this information to try to make sure all New Albany residents know.

Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) has confirmed that they will contact parents/guardians of any child and any staff member who may have had direct contact with this person. FCPH has confirmed for our district that being in the Early Learning Center with this person who has tested positive for COVID-10 DOES NOT mean that everyone at the Early Learning Center has been exposed to COVID-19. Regardless, as recommended by FCPH, our school district will continue to thoroughly sanitize all facilities, including the Early Learning Center, prior to being occupied again.

HIPAA laws do not allow us to provide information beyond letting you know about the positive test, but know that we are working closely with FCPH and other local authorities to keep our community as safe as possible.

Based upon our discussions with FCPH and local health professionals in the community, it is important for everyone in the community to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 (fever >100.4, cough, shortness of breath). Parents this is important for your entire family, especially your children. Research shows the majority of children are asymptomatic carriers, which means they may not exhibit any symptoms but still be able to pass the coronavirus onto loved ones, some of which may be very susceptible to the disease.

You do not need to contact FCPH if you have concerns or think you may have COVID-19 symptoms. Instead, contact your healthcare provider. You should not go to the emergency room if your symptoms are not life threatening (e.g., unable to breathe, high fever that will not come down even when taking fever reducing medication). If you are contagious, you will potentially spread the disease to everyone in the ER. If you need ER services or an ambulance, please notify the dispatcher and/or ER staff that you are experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms. This will alert the healthcare providers and first responders to wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep them and other patients safe.

Any tests which come back with a positive result for COVID-19 will result in FCPH requiring close contacts of the individual to immediately self-quarantine and monitor themselves for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days. FCPH will not make this information public to preserve the privacy of the individuals involved.

The circumstances regarding the COVID-19 outbreak change quickly but we will continue to work with FCPH and be transparent to our public with whatever we find out. We encourage everyone to visit the CDC website, the City’s COVID-19 web page or the health department’s website for more information.

Remember that the best thing you can do in the face of COVID-19 is to take precautions to protect yourself, your family, and your community:

  • Stay at home in accordance with Ohio’s public health order.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surface areas in your home.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Adhere to social/physical distancing recommendations.
  • Consult your healthcare provider with questions.

Let’s continue to remain positive and look out for our neighbors. If you are sick, please take care of yourself and stay home for a minimum of 7 days from when you became sick. You can return to your normal activities when:

  • A week has passed from symptom onset;
  • Your symptoms have improved; and
  • You have been fever free without taking fever reducing medications for 72 hours.

Whether you are sick or not, please remember to maintain proper social distancing for yourself, your family and your neighbors. This self-distancing is absolutely critical to reduce the potential of COVID-19 spread. We are all in this together!

Sincerely,

Sloan Spalding, Mayor
Joseph Stefanov, City Manager

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In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the regional, state and federal governments have developed special information and resources for businesses.

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PER STATE-WIDE EMERGENCY, NO IN-PERSON ATTENDANCE IS PERMITTED AT PUBLIC MEETINGS

New Albany residents interested in attending any public meetings of our City Council or Boards and Commissions can attend these meetings online in order to follow the state’s Stay at Home Order. Learn more about how to connect online to these meetings by clicking here.

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The following information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can learn more by clicking here.

 

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick

Follow the steps below:  If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

man in bed
Stay home except to get medical care
  • Stay home: People who are mildly ill with COVID-19 are able to isolate at home during their illness. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care.
  • Avoid public areas: Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
  • Avoid public transportation: Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis.
family separated
Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
  • Stay away from others: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available.
  • Limit contact with pets & animals: You should restrict contact with pets and other animals while you are sick with COVID-19, just like you would around other people. Although there have not been reports of pets or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19, it is still recommended that people sick with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus.
  • When possible, have another member of your household care for your animals while you are sick. If you are sick with COVID-19, avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wash your hands before and after you interact with pets and wear a facemask. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.
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Call ahead before visiting your doctor
  • Call ahead: If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
man wearing a mask
Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office.
  • If you are caring for others: If the person who is sick is not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with the person who is sick should not stay in the same room with them, or they should wear a facemask if they enter a room with the person who is sick.
woman covering their mouth when coughing
Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Cover: Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Dispose: Throw used tissues in a lined trash can.
  • Wash hands: Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
washing hands
Clean your hands often
  • Wash hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry.
  • Soap and water: Soap and water are the best option if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching: Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
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Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Do not share: You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
  • Wash thoroughly after use: After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
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Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
  • Clean and disinfect: Practice routine cleaning of high touch surfaces.

High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.

  • Disinfect areas with bodily fluids: Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them.
  • Household cleaners: Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.
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Monitor your symptoms
  • Seek medical attention: Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing).
  • Call your doctor: Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19.
  • Wear a facemask when sick: Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider’s office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed.
  • Alert health department: Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate.

Call 911 if you have a medical emergency: If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.

father playing with his son
Discontinuing home isolation
  • Stay at home until instructed to leave: Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider: The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
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The following information comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Illustration: woman sneezing on man
  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • 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.

Take steps to protect yourself

Illustration: washing hands with soap and water

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

man in bed

Stay home if you’re sick

woman covering their mouth when coughing

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
man wearing a mask

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
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Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
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Modified Operating Procedures, Effective: March 24, 2020

In response to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) “Stay at Home” order, we are modifying our department operations until further notice.  We are committed to doing our part to eliminate the Coronavirus (COVID-19) during this developing situation. We reserve the right to make changes to this policy as necessary to serve in the best interests of the health, safety and welfare of our citizens and employees.

Office:

  • Our office is closed for in-person visits. All meetings will be held via video or phone conferencing until further notice.
  • We can be reached at 614-939-2254 weekdays between the hours of 8 am to 5 pm for assistance.
  • In-person meetings will only be held as deemed necessary by staff by appointment only.

Drop-Off of Applications & Permits: 

  • Permits will only be accepted on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Permits delivered outside of this timeframe will not be accepted.
  • A large tote labeled “Permit Drop-Off” will be placed at the rear entrance of Village Hall from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Material must be submitted in the tote within this timeframe.
  • Upon arrival, you must call 614-939-2254 to inform counter staff of the materials submitted. Your phone call ensures that the material submitted will be promptly transported from the tote into the facility for further processing.  Failure to call may delay the processing timeline or potentially result in damaged materials.
  • We still need to receive the same number of copies of plans and all required items listed on the application.

Collection of Fees:

  • Discuss fees with the clerk when you call to drop-off. We will take credit card payment over the phone, or you may opt to mail a check.  A receipt will be mailed to you.

Pickup of Applications and Permits:

  • Pick-ups will be done by appointment only on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • We ask that you call ahead thirty (30) minutes to schedule your pick-up appointment and verify that fees are paid.
  • Call us again at 614-939-2254 when you arrive to pick-up your items from the rear (parking lot side) of the building.
  • Your material may already be placed inside the “pick-up” tote, or depending on the situation, we may decide to bring it out to you upon your arrival.

 

Residential & Commercial Inspections: 

  • Please continue to call the inspection line at 614-939-2222 to schedule inspections.
  • All inspections will be conducted remotely with photos, livestreaming, or by a telephone conference to the furthest extent practical. The inspector and caller can work out the details on a project specific basis.
  • When physical inspections are necessary, there must be an absolute minimum number of people proximate to the inspection area, preferably no more than one person.
  • The contractor shall ensure that the inspector has unrestricted access into and out of the site and that proper social distancing is provided at all times.
  • Replacement of existing building equipment such as furnaces, air conditioners, and hot water heaters will not be inspected in occupied buildings at this time. Permits are still required for this work in order to document changes and our inspectors will return to perform the inspections at a later date.
  • An inspector may ask several questions relating to the health and well-being of individuals located within the inspection area and has the authority to cancel an inspection at any time if he feels that his health is at risk.
  • The City will only perform virtual inspections on construction sites that report a worker with a case of COVID-19 for 14 days following notification of infection.
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The City of New Albany remains open for business and will continue to provide police patrol and essential city services. However, we must temporarily restrict public access to Village Hall and our Public Service building to comply with social distancing restrictions. The City of New Albany encourages residents to use online options and telephone calls for interactions with City staff whenever possible. With that in mind, we have made additional changes to our Community Development procedures, including inspections, applications, permits and collection of fees. Click here to learn more. 

At this time, New Albany police will cease providing civilian fingerprinting service to the community due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. This does not impact any fingerprinting needed for law enforcement purposes or law enforcement employment. Police will also be restricting some activities that are not mission critical. Requests for group tours of the facility, speaking engagements, Block Watch, distracted driving demonstrations and female self-defense classes are a few of the services that police are suspending until further notice. At this time, the police lobby will remain open.  We will continue to monitor developments, communicate with health officials and implement measures aimed at protecting the health and well-being of both police staff and the public.

New Albany’s Mayor’s Court is temporarily closed until May 27.  All pending cases will be rescheduled until May 27 or later.  Written notices will be mailed to defendants and attorneys in every case providing them with the new court date.  Mayor’s Court staff will continue to be available by telephone, US Mail, and email (court@newalbanyohio.org) during normal business hours. Payable citations may be paid online, by mail or at the 24-hour drop box located near the flagpole behind Village Hall, 99 West Main Street.  No cash or credit card payments are accepted in the drop box.  Motions and other court filings may be submitted via email or US Mail during this closure period.  We will continue to evaluate the coronavirus situation and take such other actions as deemed appropriate. Please call (614) 855-8577 with any questions.

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  • Line 45 – As of March 24, COTA announced they are suspending Line 45 until further notice. New Albany Rush Hour service is to be reduced to one (1) morning (AM) trip and one (1) evening (PM) trip on weekdays effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 until further notice. Real-time mobility apps such as Transit, Google Maps, and others may not show correct schedule times for this line during service changes. Click here to learn more about the Line 45 New Albany service. 
  • COTA is temporarily suspending fare collection for all trips and is requesting customers to limit non-essential bus travel until further notice. They are asking all customers to enter and exit through the rear doors to encourage social distancing and to keep everyone safe. For more information, visit COTA’s website or call COTA’s Customer Care Center at (614) 228-1776.
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The New Albany Food Pantry is working with the NAPLS District to help students who will be affected by the three-week Spring Break extension. To ensure that families have ample provisions the pantry will be collecting the items listed below.

Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off to donation bins located at the Heit Center (150 W. Main St. New Albany, OH) during normal business hours. If you would like to make a monetary donation, please visit their website by clicking here. The New Albany Food Pantry also has a wish-list on Amazon. You can conveniently shop online and donate items by clicking here. Donated items will be shipped directly to the Heit Center.

Requested Donations:

  • $25 gift card to local grocery stores
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Loaves of bread
  • Bagels
  • Jelly
  • Canned fruit – pineapple/mixed fruit
  • Macaroni
  • Microwavable Chef Boyardee products
  • Spaghetti
  • Plastic jars of spaghetti sauce
  • Granola bars
  • Chicken breast in cans
  • Tuna in cans
  • Chicken noodle soup
  • Tomato soup
  • Ramen noodles
  • Fruit snacks
  • Raisins
  • Healthy snacks
  • Crackers
  • Can openers

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Trash and recycling service from Rumpke continues as normal. However, Rumpke is taking additional steps to ensure the safety of its team members and its customers. The following are steps that New Albany residents can also take to prevent the spread of disease:

  • Bag all of your trash. This reduces employee exposure to items like used tissues and other personal hygiene products.
  • Place trash at the curb the night before scheduled service.
  • Continue to place recycling in your bin loose. Ensure only the correct items are placed in recycling containers. Remember items like trash bags and grocery bags, tissues, napkins and paper cups aren’t accepted.
  • Properly dispose of medical sharps. Medical sharps used to administer medication to individuals or pets should be placed in a rigid plastic container, clearly marked “Sharps”, sealed shut and placed in trash.

This continues to be an evolving situation, and Rumpke says that it will continue to adjust its policies and procedures in accordance with recommendations from national and local authorities to ensure the safety of its employees and its customers.

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The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America:
15 Days to Slow the Spread
 
1)      Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
 
2)     If you feel sick, stay home.  Do not go to work.  Contact your medical provider.
 
3)     If your children are sick, keep them at home.  Do not send them to school.  Contact your medical provider.
 
4)     If someone in your household has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.  Do not go to work.  Do not go to school.  Contact your medical provider.
 
5)      If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
 
6)     If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.
 
7)      Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk for others. It is critical that you do your part to stop the spread of the coronavirus:
a.       Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible.
b.      If you work in a critical infrastructure industry, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule.  You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work.
c.       Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
d.      Avoid eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts – use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options.
e.       Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits.
f.        Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
 
8)     Practice good hygiene:
a.       Wash your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface.
b.      Avoid touching your face.
c.       Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
d.      Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
 
* School operations can accelerate the spread of the coronavirus.  Governors of states with evidence of community transmission should close schools in affected and surrounding areas.  Governors should close schools in communities that are near areas of community transmission, even if those areas are in neighboring states.  In addition, state and local officials should close schools where coronavirus has been identified in the population associated with the school.  States and localities that close schools need to address childcare needs of critical responders, as well as the nutritional needs of children.
 
** Older people are particularly at risk from the coronavirus.  All states should follow Federal guidance and halt social visits to nursing homes and retirement and long-term care facilities.
 
*** In states with evidence of community transmission, bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms, and other indoor and outdoor venues where groups of people congregate should be closed.
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Update: May 28

Gov. Mike DeWine has announced that assisted living facilities and intermediate care facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities that are properly prepared can begin to allow outdoor visitation in Ohio beginning on June 8. Gov. DeWine says that the decision to move forward with outdoor visitation is the culmination of several things, including the impact on the quality of life a prolonged loss of connection can have on an individual, requests from families and residents, and consultation with advocates/providers.

Gov. DeWine said that the state will also be releasing guidelines on how county fair boards/agricultural societies and local health departments can safely allow kids to participate in limited livestock shows and other activities. He said that decisions about county/independent fairs should be made locally because each county and independent fair is unique and has different challenges. The governor is asking all fair boards to comply with all of the Ohio Department of Health orders in place and the guidelines for other sectors that would also apply to fairs, like for foodservice and rides. Updated guidelines should be available here by the end of the day Thursday, May 28.

Update: May 21

Governor Mike DeWine has announced that miniature golf, batting cages, and bowling alleys will be able to resume operations on May 26 if they can meet appropriate safety protocols. Skills training for all sports may resume on May 26 – including contact sports – as long as safety protocols can be followed. Information on protocols can be found at coronavirus.ohio.gov. Tournaments, games, competitions for contact sports are still prohibited for now.

Also, catering and banquet centers can reopen under similar guidelines as restaurants effective June 1. Guidelines include 6 feet between tables and no congregating. For the immediate future, crowd size will be limited to 300.

Update: May 19

Governor Mike DeWine has announced the Urgent Health Advisory – Ohioans Protecting Ohioans.

“We are now moving from orders to strong recommendations,” Gov. DeWine said. “This is a new phase in our battle against COVID-19, and it is incumbent upon each of us to protect each other.”

  • The new advisory incorporates six feet of social distancing; a limit of 10 people for mass gatherings; frequent hand-washing; and other sanitizing efforts.
  • It incorporates all of the business orders about social distancing and sanitation, including employees wearing masks, as well as efforts to protect employees and efforts to protect the public.
  • It considers our most vulnerable Ohioans as those who can suffer the worst impacts from the virus. The order strongly recommends that high-risk Ohioans stay at home as much as possible. They should avoid places where they are likely to encounter a lot of people.
  • The Urgent Health Advisory recommends (but does not require) all other Ohioans to stay at their place of residence when possible with the intent of lowering the rate of spread of COVID-19.
  • While the state’s previous orders have included limited travel restrictions, these will now be lifted. However, while unnecessary travel within or outside of the state of Ohio is still permitted, it is not encouraged.

Update: May 14

Governor Mike DeWine has announced that beginning Sunday, May 31, childcare providers in Ohio will be able to reopen, with reduced numbers of children in each classroom and intensified cleaning and hand washing practices. Day camps will also be allowed to reopen on May 31 if they can meet safety protocols. 

BMVs will be able to reopen on May 26 for certain services; however, using the BMV’s online services is strongly encouraged whenever possible. Campgrounds will be allowed to reopen on May 21 if they can meet safety protocols. 

Gyms and fitness centers will be able to reopen starting May 26 if they meet safety protocols. Non-contact and limited contact sport leagues will also be allowed to reopen starting May 26. High-contact sports are still being considered. Pools that are regulated by local health departments will be able to reopen on May 26.

Horse racing without spectators will be able to resume starting May 22. This does not apply to casinos and racinos.

Update: May 12

Governor Mike DeWine has announced that massage locations and tattoos/piercing businesses will be permitted to reopen with proper safety protocols on May 15.

Update: Thursday, May 7

Governor Mike DeWine has announced that the reopening date for barbershops, hair salons, day spas, nail salons, and other services will be May 15. Restaurants and bars that are able to comply with state guidelines will be able to reopen for outdoor dining on May 15 and will resume dine-in service on May 21. Sector specific operating requirements can be found by clicking here.

Update: April 27 

Gov. Mike DeWine announced a plan to start reopening the state of Ohio. You can read more about the sector specific operating requirements by clicking here.

“My heart aches for the businessmen and women who have not been able to work, and who are looking at savings going down every day,” Gov. DeWine said. “For the employees who are unemployed. One cannot overstate the tragedy of this, so we have to get moving – but at the same time protect Ohioans.”

Starting May 1: All healthcare procedures that do not require an overnight stay in a hospital can move forward. Dentists and veterinarians can also resume work on May 1.

Starting May 4: Manufacturing, distribution and construction will reopen. Gov. DeWine said the state will require those who are opening (and those who already have been open) to follow strict guidelines on how to reopen. General office can reopen, but employees should continue to work from home as much as possible.

Starting May 12: Consumer, retail and services will reopen. Gov. DeWine says he wants employees to wear masks. Every retail outlet will have to be able to follow these protocols.

The Stay at Home order will still be in place for gatherings. The order of no more than 10 people will remain.

“We know there is a great desire to get restaurants fully open and to get hair salons and daycares open,” Gov. Dewine said. “But we must first start down the pathway of opening things up where we thought there was less risk and a more controllable risk.”

Update: April 20 

Governor Mike DeWine has announced that for the remainder of the school year, students will attend school remotely.

“We have to think about the risk to teachers, students, and our communities,” Gov. DeWine said. “As we move forward, we’ve made no decision about the fall. I know parents, teachers, and administrators are anxious about an answer about the fall, but we’re not in the position to make that decision yet.”

Update: Thursday, April 9

Franklin County Public Health recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).  The use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings made from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure. Cloth face mask should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use. Click here to learn more.

Update: Thursday, April 2 

Gov. Mike DeWine has announced that the current Stay at Home Order originally set to expire on April 6 will be extended until May 1 at 11:59 p.m. You can read details of the extended order by clicking here.

Update: March 30 

*331 positive cases in central Ohio, including New Albany
*3 deaths in central Ohio
*Please stop socializing in groups outside of your immediate family. Your actions impact everyone!

Update: March 28 

Dr. Amy Acton: “For those of you who know me, I’d rather be out digging in the dirt. We want you to go outside, get out there in nature — at a social distance. “

Governor DeWine encouraged the FDA to approve new technology from Battelle that could sterilize up to 80,000 surgical masks a day.

Update: March 27 

Governor Mike DeWine has signed House Bill 197.

“This bill will ensure continuity of government, extended mail-in voting for our primary, clarity for schools and students, relief to workers impacted by COVID-19, and measures to make sure we are prepared to help Ohioans get back to work when this pandemic subsides. I applaud the collaborative work on this bill.”

Update: Tuesday, March 24

The City of New Albany and New Albany-Plain Local Schools confirmed the first positive COVID-19 test to the public. The city’s full letter to the public can be viewed here.

Update: Monday, March 23 

The City of New Albany remains open for business and will continue to provide police patrol and essential city services. However, we must temporarily restrict public access to Village Hall and our Public Service building to comply with social distancing restrictions. With that in mind, we have made additional changes to our Community Development procedures, including inspections, applications, permits and collection of fees. Click here to learn more.

Update: Sunday, March 22

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton has signed a statewide Stay at Home order for Ohioans. The order can be enforced by local health departments and law enforcement. It will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 23 and will remain in effect until April 6 when it will be reassessed. Both Gov. DeWine and Dr. Acton stressed maintaining social distancing and proper health precautions. The full order can be read here.

“This is an order, but it’s a reasonable order that is consistent with what has to be done,” Gov. DeWine said. “If everyone cooperates we’ll save a lot of lives. The healthcare system won’t get overwhelmed. Use common sense.”

Gov. DeWine said that people can still leave their homes to take care of others, to make trips to grocery stores, carry-out restaurants and other businesses for essential supplies, and to get outside for fresh air. The governor reminded Ohioans that parks are open but that playgrounds are closed due to the risk that they pose. Also, all childcare centers, beginning on Thursday, must operate under a Temporary Pandemic Child Care license and can only have a maximum of 6 children per room.

Update: Friday, March 20

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved their request to allow small businesses and nonprofits in Ohio to apply for low-interest, long-term loans of up to $2 million through the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Click here to learn more. You can also access a presentation that provides further guidance for the loan application by clicking here.

Update: Thursday, March 19

Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a proclamation that will activate approximately 300 personnel from the Ohio National Guard to support efforts due to COVID-19. According to a press release, the soldiers will support the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Association of Foodbanks around Ohio. They will be transporting, packaging and distributing food to home in vulnerable areas, community-based locations and partner agencies in rural counties.

Update: Wednesday, March 18 

Governor Mike DeWine has announced the closure of barbershops, beauty salons, tattoo parlors, hair salons and nail salons. The state will also be closing 181 BMV registrar locations. Five will remain open because they are essential to issue/renew commercial drivers’ licenses to keep the transportation system moving. Gov. DeWine is asking law enforcement to not issue tickets for someone who has an expired license due to the fact that they can no longer get a renewal.

Update: Tuesday, March 17 

Governor Mike DeWine has announced that the State Health Director would issue an order requiring hospitals to postpone elective surgeries in an effort to make sure there continues to be enough hospital beds in the state.

Update: Tuesday, March 17

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton has ordered Tuesday’s polls closed as a health emergency, postponing the completion of the primary in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Update: Monday, March 16 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced an order to close gyms, fitness centers, recreation centers, bowling alleys, indoor water parks, movie theaters, and trampoline parks across the state until further notice.

Update: Monday, March 16

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has announced that the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has issued a Director’s Order that will close all Ohio bars and restaurants to in-house patrons. Restaurants with take-out and delivery options will still be able to operate those services, even as their dining rooms are temporarily closed.