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This Thursday, July 23 at 6 p.m., Ohio residents statewide will be required to wear facial coverings when out in public.
Gov. DeWine announced the new statewide mandate during his press conference today. Ohio is reporting 78,742 cases of coronavirus and 3,235 deaths as of Wednesday afternoon.
Currently, over one-fifth of Ohio counties and approximately 60% of the state’s population are already under a mask mandate.
There are some exceptions to the mask order including individuals under 10, individuals with a medical condition or disability, individuals who are exercising and individuals who are eating and drinking.


From the Delaware County General Health District. Face coverings are now required among other orders.

Delaware, OH  – Delaware County was upgraded today to a Level 3 on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, meaning Delaware County has met four of the seven indicators resulting in a red alert level.

Under Level 3, residents are to use the same guidelines as Levels 1 and 2 along with all current health orders, including a new Ohio Department of Health order that mandates face coverings in public in all counties that are designated as a Red Alert Level 3 Public Health Emergency or a Purple Alert Level 4 Public Health Emergency.

Those indicators specific to Delaware County include Indicator 1 – new cases per capita, Indicator 2 – sustained increase in new cases, Indicator 3 – proportion of new cases in non-congregate settings, and Indicator 5 – sustained increase in outpatient visits (with COVID-like symptoms). Find out more about how county alert levels are determined here.

The Health District has been working tirelessly preparing for and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic since the beginning. State and local officials are continuously monitoring the evolving situation, and strongly encourage all those who want to be tested to do so. Through monitoring and increased testing, officials will identify trends and any hot spots that need to be addressed in the recent increase. If you would like to be tested for COVID-19, you can find all available testing locations in the state here.

All Ohioans, regardless of their county’s alert level, should continue to follow the below standard precautions to prevent the spread of infectious disease:

  • Conduct a daily health/symptom self-evaluation and stay at home if symptomatic.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from non-household members.
  • Wear face coverings in public, especially when social distancing is difficult to maintain.
  • Increase caution when interacting with others not practicing social distancing or wearing face covers.
  • Avoid traveling to high-risk areas.
  • Follow good hygiene standards, including:
    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Use hand sanitizer frequently.
    • Avoid touching your face.
    • Cover coughs or sneezes (e.g., into a tissue, or elbow).
    • Symptom self-evaluation monitoring.

The most up-to-date state alert level map, as well as guidance and recommendations for citizens in those counties, can be found here.


Public health advisory system

During today’s media conference, Governor DeWine announced a new public health county advisory system. Delaware County is listed as a Level 2, which means there is an increased exposure and spread, and a high degree of caution should be followed. This map will be updated weekly for continued guidance.

July Council Meeting

The July 7th Council meeting will continue to follow the virtual format.
See connection information below.
Tue, Jul 7, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 PM EDT

Fourth of July in Ostrander 2020

After much discussion, consideration, and heartache, the Ostrander Civic Association, with the assistance of the Mayor, is accepting the recommendation from the Central Ohio Mayors and Managers Association to cancel this year’s 4th of July Parade and Fireworks for the Village of Ostrander. With so much uncertainty concerning the gathering of large public crowds we feel it would be irresponsible to move forward with our annual celebration. The health and safety of our community is our first priority. We are exploring alternative options to celebrate our patriotism for this year. Any constructive public input would be welcomed. The birth of our great nation should be celebrated and we look forward to coming back in 2021 bigger and better than ever.

Ohio COVID-19 Update – Ohioans Protecting Ohioans

On Tuesday, Governor DeWine issued an Urgent Health Advisory in what he calls a new phase in Ohio’s battle against COVID-19 saying that the state is “moving from orders to strong recommendations.” The advisory, called “Ohioans Protecting Ohioans” is about learning to live with the virus.

Here are the details:

  • The new advisory incorporates six feet of social distancing; a limit of 10 people for mass gatherings; frequent hand-washing; and other sanitizing efforts. It incorporates all of the business orders about social distancing and sanitation, including employees wearing masks, as well as efforts to protect employees and efforts to protect the public.
  • It considers our most vulnerable Ohioans as those who can suffer the worst impacts from the virus. The order strongly recommends that high-risk Ohioans stay at home as much as possible. They should avoid places where they are likely to encounter a lot of people.
  • Our Urgent Health Advisory recommends (but does not require) all other Ohioans to stay at their place of residence when possible with the intent of lowering the rate of spread of #COVID-19.
  • While our orders have included limited travel restrictions, these will now be lifted. However, while unnecessary travel within or outside of the state of Ohio is still permitted, it is not encouraged.

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