As the Ohio economy continues to reopen from the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, and people begin to gather in public, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County wants residents to remember that the deadly virus is still active in our community.

 “As the economy reopens and we come into contact with more potentially-infected people, it is critical that everyone continues to take precautions to protect themselves and others,” explained Dr. Michael Dohn, Medical Director, Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County. “People should be particularly cautious when attending mass gatherings, protests, or other events with a large group of people.”

Large groups of people, such as those you may encounter during a protest, can be unpredictable and may make it difficult for everyone to maintain a safe distance. If you have attended any mass events, we encourage you to monitor yourself closely for symptoms and consult your doctor as necessary.

Symptoms include but are not limited to: fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, headache and new loss of taste or smell.

Take the following precautions to stay healthy and reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Monitor yourself for symptoms and contact your doctor if you think you may have been exposed.
  • Wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth when around others, to protect vulnerable individuals. Even if an individual does not have symptoms, they can still carry the virus and pass - to others.
  • If possible maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and other people
    (social distance).
  • If possible avoid large gatherings.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or use a hand sanitizer that contains
    at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home and contact your health care provider.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth as much as possible.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.

Public Health is working tirelessly to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of all Montgomery County residents. For the latest information and updates about the current situation visit

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