COVID-19 Update: School Reporting Order, Wastewater Monitoring
COLUMBUS, Sept. 3, 2020: Governor Mike DeWine’s administration
today provided the following updates on Ohio's response to the
UPDATED COUNTY RISK LEVELS:
DeWine released this week's Ohio
Public Health Advisory System map. New health data
compiled by the Ohio Department of Health indicates that seven
counties currently have a very high risk of exposure and
A total of 67 counties stayed at the same level as last week,
and 12 counties moved from orange to yellow. There are now a
total of 39 counties in the yellow level, the highest number
since July 2. Detailed information all of Ohio's 88 counties can
be found on the Ohio
Public Health Advisory System's website.
SCHOOL REPORTING ORDER:
DeWine gave details for Ohio's forthcoming case reporting order
for K-12 schools.
Beginning Tuesday, September 8, parents or guardians and school
staff should notify their school within 24 hours of receiving a
positive test or a clinical diagnosis. Within 24 hours after
receiving that notification, the school should notify other
parents and guardians about that case in writing, providing as
much information as possible without releasing protected health
information. The school must also notify their local health
department within 24 hours.
Beginning Tuesday, September 15, and each Tuesday thereafter,
local health departments will report the number of newly
reported and cumulative cases to the Ohio Department of Health.
The Ohio Department of Health will publish this data by school
or school district, including a breakdown by students and staff,
"We understand there is a balance between privacy and
transparency, and we do not intend for protected health
information to be released in our effort to provide information
to Ohioans so they can make the right decisions for their
family," said DeWine. "Please remember that if a school has
positive cases among their students or staff, it does not mean
the school did anything wrong. Schools cannot control spread in
the community, so it is important to practice safety measures
not only in the classroom but also when you’re out in the
The order will also require each school district or school to
identify a COVID-19 coordinator to facilitate the reporting of
case information, and upon request, schools or buildings are
required to provide the local health department a copy of their
LABOR DAY AND SPREAD BY YOUNG OHIOANS:
DeWine has encouraged Ohioans to take proper safety precautions
over the upcoming Labor Day weekend. He stressed that citizens
can still have fun, visit family, and travel, but face
coverings, social distancing, and hand washing should be part of
"It's not about where we go, but rather, what we do when we get
there," said DeWine. "It's about how we act when we're with
family and friends and what precautions we take. The decisions
we make as we celebrate the unofficial end of summer will play a
major role in how we begin the fall."
DeWine also reminded young Ohioans of their responsibility to
follow safety precautions, especially students attending a
college or university. Case data shows that those aged 18-22
currently make up 35-40 percent of all young Ohioans who have
tested positive for the virus which is a significant increase
from previous months.
"In Cincinnati, multiple off-campus parties with students
attending from several universities on August 17 have resulted
in at least 78 confirmed cases," said DeWine. "Although college
students might not get seriously ill, they could spread the
virus to others who could. The responsibility falls on all of us
to protect each other."
WASTEWATER MONITORING NETWORK
Governor DeWine announced that information from Ohio's new
Coronavirus Wastewater Monitoring Network is now available
The network was developed to help mitigate the spread of
COVID-19 through the study of wastewater samples. The presence
of coronavirus gene copies/fragments can be found in the waste
of symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals and can be detected
in wastewater as many as three to seven days before those
infections lead to increases in case counts or hospitalizations
in a community.
DEFENSE MANUFACTURING COMMUNITY:
The U.S. Department of Defense has made a commitment to Ohio’s
defense manufacturers and put the state in a position to receive
a $5 million grant to improve manufacturing processes and train
workers for next-generation jobs.
Ohio has been designated as a Defense Manufacturing Community,
which is a program designed to support long-term community
investments that strengthen national security innovation and
expand the capabilities of defense manufacturing.
STEP UP TO QUALITY:
As of last Tuesday, all child care providers in Ohio that
serve publicly funded children were required to be rated on
Ohio’s child care quality rating system, called Step
Up To Quality. Now, over 4,400 providers are rated
through the system. This is more than double the number of rated
quality child care providers when he took office in 2019. By
2025, all providers must be rated three stars or higher on the
H2OHIO LEAD UPDATE:
Greater Cincinnati Water Works will receive $725,000 in H2Ohio
funding from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to remove
and replace lead service lines and fixtures at nearly 200 child
care facilities in Cincinnati.
initiative launched last year to address a number of
water quality issues in Ohio including lead pipes feeding into
childcare centers. Although lead in water is rarely the sole
cause of lead poisoning, it can significantly increase someone’s
total lead exposure – especially infants who drink baby formula
or concentrated juices mixed with contaminated water.
CURRENT COVID-19 DATA:
There are 127,112 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in
Ohio and 4,226 confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths. A total
of 13,663 people have been hospitalized, including 3,003
admissions to intensive care units. In-depth data can be
accessed by visiting coronavirus.ohio.gov.
Video of today's full update, including versions with foreign
language translation, can be viewed on the Ohio
Channel's YouTube page.
For more information on Ohio's response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or