The City of Xenia is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it develops. The City is in the process of adopting policies and procedures to protect the general public as well as members of our safety forces and other employees. The health of our residents and employees is a top priority and while we approach this virus with an abundance of caution, we urge residents to remain calm as we navigate this together.
On Monday, March 16, Xenia City Manager Brent Merriman signed a declaration of a State of Emergency in Xenia, which is in line with other declarations at the state and federal level. The declaration makes Xenia eligible for funding as it relates to expenses incurred by the virus response. The declaration also allows the City to make operational changes on the local level. Xenia City Council passed an ordinance at its first meeting in March to give the City Manager the authority to declare a state of emergency.
The Coronoavirus or COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can include the following symptoms: runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever, and a general feeling of being unwell. The elderly and those with a weakened immune system are most vulnerable to severe cases.
The State of Ohio has created an interactive dashboard on its website that tracks the number of COVID-19 cases in the state. The map breaks down the number of cases by each county. (View the interactive map here.)
On Sunday, March 22, Governor DeWine announced a 'Stay at Home' order for all Ohioans, which will be in effect until April 6. At that time the order will be reevaluated. The order makes exceptions for necessary travel, such as essential work, buying groceries, medication, or checking on loved ones. Governor DeWine said while Ohioans are being told to stay in their homes, they are allowed to go outside to, for example, walk their dogs, or go on a walk/hike with family members. The order is posted online and can be read in full here.
Dining rooms in all all bars and restaurants in Ohio remain closed, but restaurants that have take-out delivery services are permitted to continue offering those services.
ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONSThe Ohio Department of Health has set up a call center for anyone to call with questions regarding COVID-19. The call center is staffed seven days a week and is open from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. If you have a question, you can call between those hours at 1-833-427-5634.
**Please Do Not call 911 or go to the emergency room if you are experiencing mild symptoms that can be treated at home.** If you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms or are having an emergency, please call 911 and tell dispatchers about your symptoms and your travel history.
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COVID-19 AND YOUR WATER
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) sites keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps that can be taken to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. We frequently touch our eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it, allowing germs to get into our bodies. Germs on unwashed hands can also get into your food or drink, hand rails, table tops, toys, or another person's hands.
Removing germs from your hands through hand washing can prevent the spread of diarrhea and respiratory infections.