March 16, 2020
Hello Community/Business Leaders,
To keep the public healthy and to reduce the risk of
transmission of Coronavirus
Disease (COVID-19) in your buildings, leaders
should implement a few key preventive measures. Enforce
social distancing (physical distancing of at least 6
ft.), reduce contact of persons presenting symptoms, and
maintain clean working environments.
Consider the following measures to keep your public spaces
attached signage alerting the public of
COVID-19 prevention measures.
Advise security staff or front desk staff to ask
visitors if they are presenting symptoms,
then monitor persons presenting coughs.
Ensure that people with symptoms
of respiratory illness (cough, fever, or
shortness of breath) stay home and do not enter the
If possible, close courtrooms and hearings to the public
to reduce crowding.
If possible, consider postponing any court cases,
hearings, and/or public meetings for 30-60 days.
Utilize the Sunshine
Law - use technology to stream public
Current evidence suggests that COVID-19 may remain viable
for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of
materials. Maintain a healthy environment:
Ensure all workers and visitors practice hand hygiene
hands often with soap and water for at least
20 seconds, or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if
soap & water are unavailable.
Provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer in visible,
frequently-used locations such as front desks and exits.
Ensure bathrooms are supplied adequately with soap,
water, and drying materials.
Conduct routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces,
including tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles,
desks, toilets, faucets, and sinks with an EPA-approved
Rearrange seating to leave additional space (6 ft.)
between chairs in waiting rooms.
this time, taking temperatures of all persons entering a
building is not advised at the local level. While
this precaution was used during a previous
Ebola outbreak, this measure was
disease-specific. For COVID-19, the main concern is
coughing. Only after COVID-19 progresses do people develop a
Lorain County Public Health will provide updates on our
website regarding the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19
daily at 2:00 p.m. Check LorainCountyHealth.com/Coronavirus for
timely and reliable information.
For more information contact Lorain County Public Health at
440-322-6367 or visit LorainCountyHealth.com.
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Thanks for your support,
Dave Covell, MPH, RS
Lorain County Public Health