Information on Quarantining, Testing, and Getting Vaccinated.
What is Quarantine?
These are things you can do to reduce the risk that you will transmit the virus to others in your household:
Keep 6 feet from other people at all times. If you can’t, wear a mask.
Do not have visitors in your home.
If possible, you will need to sleep alone in a room that has a window with good airflow.
If possible, use a separate bathroom. If not, you will need to wipe down/sanitize the surfaces you have touched after each use.
Your bathrooms should be cleaned every day using household disinfectant.
Wipe down surfaces that are touched frequently with disposable cloths, using bleach if possible, or household cleaners.
You should use your own plate, bowl, and utensils – do not share these or food with anyone.
Wash your laundry separately with detergent; bleach can be used but is not needed.
Don’t forget the basics: Avoid touching your face as much as possible. Cover your mouth with tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue away immediately. Wash your hands immediately after.
Wash your hands frequently throughout the day with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Anyone you come in contact with (including anyone in your home) should be aware of their health and watch themselves for fever, cough, and other symptoms.
Luckily, most cases are mild or moderate and most people don’t need to be in the hospital. Some cases can get more serious and cause pneumonia and breathing difficulties.
If you are asymptomatic, get a COVID-19 test (either antigen/ “rapid” or PCR), and if results are negative, then your quarantine ends at 12 midnight on day 7 and you are out of quarantine on day 8.
If you are asymptomatic and choose not to get a COVID-19 test, then your quarantine ends at 12 midnight on day 10 and you are out of quarantine on day 11.
How long is quarantine?
This is for individuals not experiencing symptoms who have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Quarantine is strongly recommended for 14 days by the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health. However, if you are asymptomatic (not presenting symptoms) during your quarantine, the duration may be shortened by the health department.
If you are asymptomatic and get tested for COVID-19 and the results come back NEGATIVE, then your quarantine ends at 12 midnight on day 7 and you are out of quarantine on day 8.
If you do not get tested, but still remain asymptomatic during your quarantine, your quarantine ends at 12 midnight on day 10 and you are out of quarantine on day 11.
Per the CDC's guidance, you may "refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure if asymptomatic" and if you are fully vaccinated [greater than or equal to 2 weeks after you have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna). You should wear a mask for 14 days after exposure. Should you start experiencing symptoms, immediately self-isolate.
Ohio Department of Health State Guidance on Quarantining and Isolation
Links to PDF files:
*For Quarantine protocol SPECIFIC TO IN-SCHOOL EXPOSURE to a confirmed positive COVID-19 case, please see the flow chart below to determine quarantine procedures. To view the document as a PDF, click the link below.
What is Isolation?
Isolation is for sick people. Either people who have been tested and confirmed as having COVID-19, or those experiencing the symptoms associated with COVID-19. This time period is 10 days due to what we currently know about the virus and how long research shows that an individual remains contagious.
Why is quarantine strongly recommended for 14 days, but a positive case in isolation is 10 days?
Unlike someone who has tested positive and is already infected and/or experiencing symptoms, it can take someone who is exposed to the virus up to 14 days after exposure to show symptoms and become contagious.
However, at any time should you start showing symptoms, you need to self-isolate immediately.
What can I do in isolation?
Please follow these steps to help ensure the spread of the virus to your household and community members is minimized:
Sleep in a room by yourself.
Use your own restroom - If this is not attainable, then make sure to wipe down surfaces after each use.
Use your own eating and drinking utensils.
Do not use common areas in your home.
Stay home - While in isolation, you cannot leave your home. If you need groceries or medication, please try to enlist friends and family to help by picking these items up and leaving them on your doorstep. Should this become an issue, please contact Knox Public Health.
Do I still need to be isolated even if I am fully vaccinated?
Yes - While the vaccines do help lower transmission and prevent severe illness, hospitalizations, and death due COVID-19 infection, you are still ill and infectious
If I am not experiencing symptoms, do I still have to stay in isolation and not spend time with my household members?
Yes. During the 10 day isolation period, you are contagious and should not spend time with other people as they may become sick and experience a much more difficult time with the virus than you did.
Covid-19 Testing Locations
The link below lists some of the locations in which you can get tested for Covid-19.
Adams County Testing Sites
At Home Testing Kits:
BinaxNOW, an over-the-counter antigen self-test that is readily available to the public at retailers across the country. Perform the test with a simple nasal swab in the comfort and convenience of your home, with results in 15 minutes.
COVID-19 VACCINE AND CLINICS
Ohio's goals are clear: To save lives and slow the spread of the virus. The vaccine has been shown to prevent COVID-19 and to decrease the severity of illness in people who catch the virus.
To find a vaccine provider closest to you, visit: GET THE SHOT
9 AM - 2:30PM (Closed daily from 12-1 for lunch)
@ Adams County Health Department 923 Sunrise Ave. West Union, OH. 45693
STEPS TO PRE-REGISTER FOR VACCINE CLINICS
Pre-registration is preferred, but not required. Walk-ins are welcome!
1. Visit: Get the Shot
2. Complete the vaccine screening questions and click 'Continue'
3. Enter your zip code and click 'Continue'
3. Find 'Adams County Health Department' and click 'See all availability'
4. Choose an available appointment time and click 'Continue'
Or call (937) 544-5547 to schedule an appointment.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR A COVID-19 VACCINE?
A third dose, of Pfizer and Moderna (mRNA vaccines) is recommended for people who have severe weakened immune systems and have already received two doses of either Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.
The Adams County Health Department will begin offering third doses to those with severe immunocompromised systems. Those with severe immunocompromised systems include recent transplant recipients, cancer patients and people with advanced or untreated HIV.
The FDA has updated emergency use authorizations for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines only.
COVID-19, Anxiety, and Depression
Ways to Cope with Strong Feelings Related to COVID-19.
The Adams County Health Department offers Behavioral Health Services which can be found on this website under Behavioral Health.
Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH, strongly offers these recommendations for coping with anxiety related to the COVID-19 outbreak:
Remember that distress, anxiety, fear, and strong emotions are normal in times of distress or crisis. Remind yourself and others that these feelings will fade.
Get information from a trusted source, such as coronavirus.ohio.gov or by calling the Ohio COVID-19 call center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
Learn and follow tips for preparing for and responding to COVID-19.
Learn and follow tips on how to prevent COVID-19.
Avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of COVID-19. It is important to get good information to help you prepare and respond, but don’t overwhelm yourself or your family with information.
Eat nutritious food, exercise, get adequate sleep, stay hydrated, avoid alcohol and drugs, and make time to relax and unwind.
Incorporate stretching or meditation into your routine. Take deep breaths when feeling overwhelmed.
Stay connected with friends and family. Discuss your concerns and be supportive of theirs.
Keep participating in hobbies/activities that do not expose you to close contact with others in confined spaces.
If you have a mental health condition, continue with your treatment plan and monitor for any new symptoms. Call your healthcare provider with any concerns.
Recognize signs of distress:
Feeling hopeless or helpless.
Feelings of numbness, disbelief, anxiety or fear.
Changes in appetite, energy, and activity levels.
Difficulty sleeping or nightmares and upsetting thoughts and images.
Physical reactions, such as headaches, body pains, stomach problems, and skin rashes.
Worsening of chronic health problems.
Anger or short-temper.
Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.
Call your healthcare provider if your feelings overwhelm you for several days in a row.
Reach out for help:
Contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s national Disaster Distress Helpline by calling 1-800-985-5990 or texting TalkWithUs to 66746.
Reach the Ohio Crisis Text Line* by texting keyword 4HOPE to 741 741.
Reach the Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services Help Line* at 1.877.275.6364
Find a provider at https://findtreatment.gov.
*These functions will remain operational and staffed.
Additional resources on mental health and COVID-19 can be found at mha.ohio.gov/coronavirus.
For additional COVID-19 information, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.