The Cincinnati Health Department is working to provide updated and current information on COVID-19 as research is updated and more information and recommendations are offered. For the most accurate and current information, we are recommending the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC for full access to resources and current information.
With the growing threat of COVID-19, the Cincinnati Health Department is working with local, state and federal officials to adjust plans proactively to help protect the safety and well-being of residents and City employees.
The Mayor has declared a State of Emergency to take appropriate action to protect against the spread of COVID-19. On March 22, Governor Mike Dewine has issued a Stay at Home order asking Ohioans to stay at home except for grocery shopping, food carry out, and exercise (including City Parks) to mention a few. Mayor John Cranley is enforcing the order for Cincinnati residents.
Cincinnatians are urged to continue to protect themselves as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines.
- Wear a mask when you go out in public.
- Practice social distancing and keep 6 feet away from people.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. For an added precaution, keep a safe distance from those who have no apparent symptoms.
- Stay home when you are ill, even if symptoms are mild.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Protecting vulnerable populations
Additionally, the City strongly encourages residents to adjust their personal social etiquette practices accordingly:
- No handshaking. Eliminate this traditional courtesy, as it requires close contact.
- Opt for video meetings or conference calls; take steps now to reduce the need for in-person meetings until further notice.
- Don’t pass mobile phones, laptops or other personal belongings to others. Everyone should have their hands only on their own belongings.
- Make hand sanitizer visibly available.
Find Testing and Vaccine locations at testandprotectcincy.com