MARION, OH – Marion Public Health (MPH) has been notified of 7 positive test result for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a local nursing home facility. MPH can confirm that 2 residents and 5 employees at the Heartland of Marion have tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first community outbreak linked to a congregate care setting outside of the prison population.
“We are working closely with the facility and the Ohio Department of Health to test and contact trace by following protocols and guidance in place. This process will identify close contacts of employees who will all be instructed to self-quarantine and public health will then monitor for 14 days,” said Traci Kinsler, Health Commissioner.
The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can cause mild to more severe respiratory illness. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person. According to the CDC, COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Those at high risk for illness of COVID-19 are those over 60 with chronic illness or a weakened immune system.
To prevent the spread of disease, Marion Public Health encourages everyone to follow these effective practices:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid contact with sick people.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces – doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, etc.
People with questions about COVID-19 can call the Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center, 7 days a week from 9AM – 8PM at: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).