All of Ohio is required to wear a mask when working in or visiting businesses and outdoors when it is not possible to keep distance from people outside your household. Wash your hands often and avoid large gatherings, if possible, the department stated.
Contact tracing and self-quarantining of people with COVID-19 and close contacts is ongoing, which the health department said is critical to help slow transmission of COVID-19 in the community.
Long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, assisted livings and homes for people with developmental disabilities, have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Workers who might not feel sick can bring the virus unwittingly into a community, it can spread quickly in the close living space, and it can be a particularly serious disease for older residents.
Ohio Department of Health’s latest report states there have been 11,783 coronavirus cases among long-term care residents and 6,848 cases among workers and since April 15, when the long-term care data started to be recorded. Since April 15, 2,428 long-term care residents have died in Ohio.