The Medina County Health Department is getting a lot of questions from concerned citizens regarding their risk of exposure and level of infectivity in Medina County. “Based on what we know of how quickly the virus multiplies, we can confirm that this disease is community spread. This means that people are becoming infected with the virus and unable to determine where initial contact may have occurred. This virus is spreading based on our interactions with one another,” Medina County Health Commissioner Krista Wasowski said in a recent email.
“I understand people are concerned about geographical locations of positive cases, but we need to assume the virus is everywhere and that anyone could be at risk,” Wasowski added. “Publishing COVID-19 case data by zip code could lead to a false sense of security for people who may think they have a lower risk if their zip code has few or no confirmed cases. Case numbers will continue to rise in all areas, and so must our efforts to slow the spread.”
Residents should continue to stay home except for essential business and errands. No exceptions. Residents should not be visiting with family members or friends. Households should send one person to run essential errands rather than the whole family. The more you can limit potential exposure to the disease, the more power you have to protect yourself.
If you become sick, assume you have COVID-19 and immediately self-quarantine. Most people with symptoms do not need to be tested and will recover well at home. Testing is still limited and will be reserved for people who are the sickest, have a high risk of getting very sick, or for professionals who are essential to provide care and service to people who are very sick. Do not panic if testing is not available to you.
Call your doctor and follow his/her direction. If you have a sudden worsening of symptoms, call your local ER and go there immediately. If you are concerned you have been directly exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, call Medina County Health Department. A disease investigator will guide you through our process to ensure your safety and the safety of others.
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