The Ohio County Health Department is organized for the purpose of health promotion and communicable disease prevention for the entire Ohio County community. Risk education and public health awareness are directed toward individuals of all ages to achieve optimal health. The department will facilitate programs that educate, enforce, and provide services for the promotion and maintenance of a healthy environment in Ohio County.


The Indiana State Department of Health has confirmed 22,503 positive cases throughout the state of Indiana. There have been 1,295 total deaths. Ohio County has 7 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday  May  07, 2020.


PPE_Marketplace (1)

A program to connect small businesses and nonprofit organizations with PPE so they can safely reopen.


When does this start?

  • 5/6/2020: Marketplace opens for orders
  • 5/8/2020: First deliveries
  • GOAL: About 10,000 orders fulfilled this week

Who qualifies?

  • Businesses or nonprofit organizations registered to do business in Indiana with the Indiana Secretary of State
  • Those employing less than 150 associates
  • An organization that must use PPE to reopen and comply with safe workplace requirements
  • Restaurants, retail sales, personal services and office environments

Does it cost?

  • The state of Indiana is initially fulfilling orders at no charge.
  • When that changes will depend on multiple factors

What PPE can your business receive?

  • The marketplace bundles will consist of masks, hand sanitizer and face shields
  • Some orders will only be partially filled



Recent studies have shown that a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 lack symptoms and that even those who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms. This means that the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity — for example, speaking, coughing or sneezing — even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, such as grocery stores and pharmacies, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.

Please see link below for more information regarding face masks.

IN_COVID-19_Cloth Face Coverings 4.5.20



• Hoosiers 65 and over and those with
high-risk health conditions should remain
at home whenever possible. This is the
population that is most vulnerable
to the coronavirus
Recommend that residents wear face
coverings in public settings. Residents also
should continue to practice social distancing
and good hygiene
• Social gatherings of 25 people may take
place following the CDC social distancing
guidelines. The coronavirus is often spread
among groups of people who are in close
contact in a confined space for an extended
period of time. This limit applies to such events
as wedding receptions, birthday parties,
Mother’s Day gatherings, and others where
people are in close physical contact for
extended periods of time
Essential travel restrictions are lifted;
local non-essential travel allowed
Continue remote work whenever possible
• Religious services may convene inside
places of worship. There are specific
practices that should be considered
for in-person services that are driven by
social distancing guidelines and protections
for those 65 and older and individuals
with known high-risk medical conditions.
Examples of services include weddings,
funerals, and baptisms. See the Revised
Guidance for Places of Worship for more
complete details
• Manufacturers, industrial operations, and other
infrastructure that has not been in operation
may open following OSHA and CDC guidelines.
General guidance for these industries may be
found in this document
• About half of the state’s Bureau of Motor
Vehicle branches will open with services by
appointment only; the remainder of branches
will continue to open over the next two weeks
• Public libraries may open according to their
own policies and CDC guidelines

County and local governments will make
decisions based on their policies and
CDC guidelines
• Retail and commercial businesses,
including those that have been open for
the necessities of life during previous executive
orders, may operate at 50% of capacity.
Examples include apparel, furniture, jewelry,
and liquor stores that have been operating
as curbside or delivery only
• Shopping malls may open at 50% capacity
with indoor common areas at 25% capacity
Those who work in office settings are
encouraged to continue to work remotely
whenever possible but may return to offices
in small waves
These business sectors may open a week after
the start of Stage 2
• Personal services, such as hair salons,
barber shops, nail salons, spas, and tattoo
parlors. By appointment only with operational
limitations. Employees must wear face
coverings, work stations must be spaced
to meet social distancing guidelines,
and other requirements must be met.
Customers should wear face coverings
to the extent possible
• Restaurants and bars that serve food may
open at 50% capacity with operational
limitations. Bar seating will be closed with
no live entertainment. Servers and kitchen
staff must wear face coverings
• State government executive branch offices
will begin limited public services, and
employees will begin to return to offices
in small waves
• Boating is permitted, but boaters must follow
social distancing guidelines
• Visitors to beaches and shorelines must
adhere to the social gathering policy and social
distancing guidelines
Individuals are not allowed to visit patients
in assisted living/nursing home facilities
Bars and nightclubs
Gyms, fitness centers, community centers,
and like facilities
Cultural, entertainment, sports venues,
and tourism
o This includes museums, zoos, festivals,
parades, concerts, fairs, sports arenas,
movie theaters, bowling alleys, aquariums,
theme parks, recreational sports leagues
and tournaments, and like facilities
• Playgrounds, tennis courts, basketball courts,
amusement parks whether indoors or outside,
tourist sites, water parks, and social clubs
• Congregate settings for seniors, adult day cares
remain closed through at least May 31
• Casino operations
Community swimming pools, public and private
• Residential and day camps
• Campgrounds, except for those living
permanently in RVs or cabins
K-12 Educational Institutions
• All buildings, facilities, and grounds for
K-12 educational institutions, public or private,
will remain closed through June 30, 2020,
except for the purposes previously allowed
in Executive Orders pertaining to this public
health emergency.
• Educational institutions (including public
and private pre-K-12 schools, colleges,
and universities) may be open for purposes
of facilitating distance learning, performing
critical research, or performing
essential functions, provided that social
distancing of 6 feet per person is maintained
to the greatest extent possible.
• Educational institutions that were
previously closed and are reopening for
these purposes must perform enh

  • 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.


General questions from the public or healthcare provider inquiries about COVID-19 may be directed to the ISDH COVID-19 Call Center at the toll-free number 877-826-0011 (available 24/7) or email epiresource@isdh.in.gov.

The Best way to protect yourself from any respiratory illness, including the flu, is to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and was your hands
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with appropriate disinfectant.

Please use the ISDH COVID 19 website (http://on.in.govCOVID19) for the latest information.

Any further questions please call ISDH (317) 233-7125

Center for Disease Control (770) 488-7100








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