How to Prepare
Find Local Information
Know where to find local information on COVID-19 and local trends of COVID-19 cases.
Know the Signs & Symptoms
Know the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if symptomatic:
- Stay home when you are sick
- Call your health care provider’s office in advance of a visit
- Limit movement in the community
- Limit visitors
Take Steps for Those at Higher Risk
Know what additional measures those at higher risk and who are vulnerable should take.
Protect Yourself & Family
Implement steps to prevent illness (e.g., stay home when sick, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, clean frequently touched surfaces daily).
Create a Household Plan
Create a household plan of action in case of illness in the household or disruption of daily activities due to COVID-19 in the community.
- Consider 2-week supply of prescription and over the counter medications, food and other essentials. Know how to get food delivered if possible.
- Establish ways to communicate with others (e.g., family, friends, co-workers).
- Establish plans to telework, what to do about childcare needs, how to adapt to cancellation of events.
Stay Informed About Emergency Plans
Know about emergency operations plans for schools/workplaces of household members.
Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Please consult with your health care provider about additional steps you may be able to take to protect yourself.
Know How it Spreads
- 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.
Take steps to protect yourself
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Take steps to protect others
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily . This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Many County facilities are now closed to in-person transactions. Citizens seeking assistance and services are encouraged to use these virtual and phone options to get help:
Find a Doctor
Medicaid, Food Assistance, Temporary Cash Assistance
- Water and Sewer Bills/Customer Service:
www.mcohio.org/water or 937 781-2688
- Solid Waste and Recycling Services: Due to the stay-at-home order issued by Governor Mike DeWine, we ask that citizens only visit the Montgomery County Transfer & Recycling Facility if their trip is absolutely essential to protect our employees. Please use your best judgment to assist us in minimizing the traffic at our facility during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note, tours of the Environmental Learning Center are also temporarily suspended until further notice. Visit www.mcswd.org for more details.
- Water and Sewer Bills/Customer Service:
- Birth/Death Records:
www.vitalchek.com or 937-496-3117
- Electronic Death Certification
Ohio physicians have the ability to electronically complete and sign/certify the cause of death for Ohio records in our Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS). The funeral home electronically creates a death record, enters the personal demographic information, and selects a physician for the medical portion. At that point the physician may log in to EDRS from any location and electronically enter the same information previously handwritten on the paper certificate and then electronically sign/certify the record. Physicians can also provide a notification email address to receive alerts that they have a death record awaiting their signature.
pdf Electronic Death Certification Information (582 KB)
pdf E-Physician User Support Document (230 KB)
pdf E-Physician Clerk User Support Document (211 KB)
- Birth/Death Records:
- Dayton Chamber https://daytonchamber.org/coronavirus-resource-guide-for-businesses/
- Free App to Support People in Recovery During COVID-19 Outbreak - Connections App
- Disinfectants to use Against COVID-19
- Latest Travel Warnings
- Coronavirus Q & A from the World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses
- For more information about the current outbreak in China, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/novel-coronavirus-2019.html
- The Ohio Department of Health: https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/media-center/feature-stories/2019-Novel-Coronavirus
- For more information about Coronaviruses https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html
- For travel health information: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/watch/pneumonia-china
- Disability and Health Emergency Preparedness Tools and Resources
- Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Online course
- Psychological first aid: Guide for field workers
- Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: methods for detection, prevention, response and control
- WHO Critical Care Severe Acute Respiratory Infection Training