Stay at Home Advisory

Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health have issued at Stay at Home Advisory, effective at 6 p.m. on November 20. The advisory is in response to rapid increases in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and the community positivity rate.

Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts and Franklin County Health Commissioner Joe Mazzola advise all residents of Columbus and Franklin County to stay at home to the greatest extent possible. Residents are advised to only leave home to go to work or school or for essential needs such as medical care, groceries, medicine and food pick up.

Residents also are strongly advised not to have any guests in their homes unless they are essential workers, including for the Thanksgiving holiday. Columbus and Franklin County residents also are urged to limit meetings and social events to 10 individuals both indoors and outside, and to avoid traveling in and out of the state.

The Stay at Home Advisory supplements all current orders of Governor R. Michael DeWine, the Ohio Department of Health, Franklin County, the City of Columbus, and the municipalities of Franklin County.

“We are at a critical moment in our fight against COVID-19 and we must do everything we can right now to reduce the spread in our community and save lives,” says Dr. Roberts. “We are all safest in our own homes and we are urging everyone to stay there unless they have to go out for essential activities.”

“If we all pull together as a community and take these additional precautions now, we can protect the health of those we love, preserve our healthcare system and allow us the additional time needed until a vaccine is made available,” says Joe Mazzola.

The Stay at Home Advisory will remain in place for two consecutive incubation periods of COVID-19 (28 days) or until both health departments determine a change to the guidance is appropriate.

Read the Advisory in Spanish, Somali, Nepali, Chinese, French, Bhutanese

Prevent Getting Sick

Here are some steps you can take to slow the spread of COVID-19:
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Wash your hands

often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

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Cover your cough or sneeze

with your arm or inner elbow, NOT your hands

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Avoid close contact

with people who are sick

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Stay home when you are sick,

except to get medical care

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Avoid touching

your eyes, nose and mouth.

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Clean and disinfect

frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Cloth Face Coverings/Masks

Franklin County Board of Health Order, July 14, 2020

As of July 14, 2020, Franklin County residents and visitors are required to wear face coverings when out in public. As part of a new order issued by the Franklin County Board of Health in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Health Order mandating face coverings.  The complete order is available here.

Face Coverings Required in the State of Ohio

Per on order issued by the State Health Director on July 23rd all Ohioans including Franklin County residents must wear a facial covering/mask when:

    • In any indoor location that is not a residence;
    • When outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household; or
    • Waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public or private vehicles conveying persons, baggage or freight, or used for such purposes, including but not limited to: public transportation; a taxi; a private car service; or a ride sharing vehicle. 

Replace paragraph with: More information about this order can be found on the Ohio Department of Health’s website. The complete order is available here.

Face Mask Distribution Information and Locations for the General Public

Face Covering Tips

The use of simple cloth face coverings slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  DO NOT place cloth face coverings on children under age 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing.

Cloth face coverings should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use. If you are in a private setting and do not have your cloth face covering on, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders.

Face Coverings

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Acknowledging why Communities of Color have Concerns with Wearing Face Coverings during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Face Mask Racial Equity

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