The city is working diligently to keep residents updated on the latest information pertaining to COVID-19. On this page you can find information and resources on how to protect yourself and your loved ones from COVID-19, how the state and local government is responding to COVID-19, and what sort of help and services are available across the state and here in Mt. Healthy. Keep scrolling for more.
What is COVID-19?
This brief video from the Ohio Department of Health answers some of the frequently asked questions about COVID-19.
This video gives a more in-depth look at COVID-19.
What can I do to slow the spread of COVID-19?
There are several things that you as an individual can do to slow the spread of COVID-19, as detailed below.
In addition to the good hygiene tips listed above, how you wash your hands is also important. You’ve probably seen guides to hand washing floating around the Internet, but the guide below from the UK’s National Health Service lays out a thorough hand washing technique. You may have also heard that singing Happy Birthday twice will pass the time while you wash your hands, but you could sing almost anything, as long as it takes you 15-30 seconds to sing it.
Another very important strategy for prevention is social distancing. The current guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health recommend staying home unless it’s absolutely necessary to go out; if you must go out, the recommendation is that you stay at least 6 feet away from other people. ODH also recommends that you avoid gatherings of more than 10 people, as large groups can facilitate the spread of the virus.
What is the government doing to respond to COVID-19?
Over the last few weeks, Governor Mike DeWine has made various executive orders for the state of Ohio that are designed to limit the spread of the virus. These include closing down things like schools, libraries, gyms, barbershops and hair salons, and adult daycare facilities, and limiting restaurants to carry-out and delivery only. The most recent executive order, which went into effect on Monday, March 23rd, 2020 at 11:59 PM and is projected to be in effect until April 6th, 2020, is the Stay At Home Order, which requires non-essential businesses to cease operation and Ohioans to stay at home unless they must go out. On Thursday, April 2nd, 2020, the Governor extended the Stay at Home order until May 1st, 2020. On May 1st, 2020, the stay at home order was again extended until May 29th, 2020 with some special provisions allowing for the staggered opening of certain businesses. This initiative is called Responsible Restart Ohio and more information can be found HERE.
In addition to these safety precautions, the state government has also attempted to fast track the processing of unemployment claims due to COVID-19, to ensure that those who find themselves unemployed because of the crisis can maintain some level of income. A link to Ohio unemployment website can be found in the resources section of this page. The deadline for state, and therefore local, tax filing has also been extended until July 15th. This matches the new deadline for federal tax filing, giving taxpayers an extra 3 months to file their federal, state, and local taxes.
The City of Mt. Healthy has developed an operational plan to continue to conduct city business safely. The administrative office has gone to a skeleton crew, with only one person working in the office at a time. Most administrative staff will be working from home, but they can still be reached by phone or by email.
The public works department will operate with no more than two employees on at the same time during normal business operations. All services that are normally provided by the public works department will continue, but the department will operate with reduced staff.
The Mt. Healthy Police Department will be enforcing the Governor’s orders. Officers are changing the ways in which they respond to various situations. More detailed information about these changes can be found on the Mt. Healthy Police Department Facebook page HERE.
The Mt. Healthy Fire Department will still be staffed around the clock, but will no longer be allowing visitors to the fire department. They are also temporarily suspending educational ride alongs and asking that family members do not ride in the ambulance with their loved ones while they’re being transported to the hospital. In addition, they have increased the frequency of deep cleaning of the fire department vehicles and facilities. More information is available on the Mt. Healthy Fire Department Facebook page HERE.
City Hall will reopen to the public on June 1st, 2020. Social distancing and wearing masks is strongly encouraged if residents enter the building. If you have business with the city that can be conducted over the phone or through email, we encourage you to do so, but if you absolutely must come see us at City Hall, we want to help you as quickly and efficiently as possible so that the office does not become crowded.
As always, residents are also able to report issues through SeeClickFix, either on mobile or through the web portal on this website. We’ve recently added a new request category to our SeeClickFix portal: Neighbor in Need! This category is intended to be used by or on behalf of residents who may have trouble accessing goods or services they need due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Can’t find toilet paper? Unable to get out and mow your lawn? Need to run errands, but having trouble finding someone to watch your kids? These problems and more may be able to be solved by members of the community! The city will moderate requests and comments in this category, but this is truly intended as a way to allow our community members to help each other. Obviously we ask that you do not submit requests for any illegal substances or activities, and please take all appropriate safety precautions when interacting with each other. Together we can get through this! Stay healthy, Mt. Healthy!
What’s happening in Mt. Healthy in response to COVID-19?
Per the Governor’s order, essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies, laundromats, etc., are still operating, but non-essential businesses are closed or severely limiting their hours. At the time of this writing, most restaurants in Mt. Healthy (with a few exceptions) are open for delivery and carry out only; a complete list is forthcoming. We encourage you to still support local businesses, but be mindful of social distancing protocol.
Although the Mt. Healthy branch library is currently closed, digital borrowing services are still available. For more information about how to apply for a digital library card and plenty of educational resources, please visit the COVID-19 Updates page of the library website HERE.
Mt. Healthy City Schools are providing free grab-n-go meals to children and teens ages 2-18 on select days. Be sure to check out the Mt. Healthy City Schools Facebook page HERE for more information.
Likewise, Tikkun Farm is aiming to provide meals and other food supplies to families in Need in Mt. Healthy. Check their Facebook page HERE for more information. Trinity Lutheran Church and Mt. Healthy Christian Church are also continuing their efforts to feed their neighbors. See their respective Facebook pages for more information.
Where can I get tested for COVID-19?
Beginning in June, pop-up and permanent testing sites have opened throughout the state of Ohio. Information on testing locations, dates, and hours is available at the state’s coronavirus website here.
Where can I find more information and resources?
Information on and instructions for filing unemployment due to COVID-19 can be found HERE.
We will continue to update this page as things change, so until then, stay healthy, Mt. Healthy!