“Once they go home, we ask them and the hospitals ask them, to keep themselves at home if they’re in that time period where they could still spread the illness,” Howell said. “But if that person chose not to stay at home, then we could issue those isolation orders. If it were someone who was exposed to a case, then that would be where we would issue quarantine orders.”
Most people follow the orders voluntarily, however if necessary, the board could appoint a person to enforce the orders.
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“Law enforcement already has the authority to act based on Dr. Acton’s orders if they believe somebody is spreading illness around,” Howell said. But typically we would just perhaps deputize our own sanitarian, or just a person to watch and make sure someone is staying in isolation and quarantine during the time where they might be transmitting disease or going into the community.”
Although the policies on how to handle individuals in isolation and quarantine are decided on by the board are all adopted at a local level, Howell said she expects other surrounding counties to have similar plans.
“When we are developing them, we develop them together lots of times so you’re going to see very similar actions taken everywhere,” Howell said.
The board considers the county’s risk as still relatively low.
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“We believe the risk is low,” Howell said. “So far we have no cases, anyone that’s been tested from Greene County, as we speak right now, has tested negative. But those numbers are rapidly changing and we believe that there is community spread so it’s just a matter of time before we get our first case.”
Saturday’s meeting was held as Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton held a press conference to discuss updates on the coronavirus and share the state’s response to the virus.
There are now 26 cases in Ohio and 264 people are under investigation for coronavirus the Ohio Department of Health reported.