As of November 12, Delaware County is listed as a Red Level 3 on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System. The state system includes four levels, with Level 4 being the most urgent.
With a Red Level 3 designation, Delaware County is considered to be in a period of “very high exposure and spread,” and residents and visitors are encouraged to “limit activities as much as possible.”
As part of the designation, people are instructed to follow these public health protections:
- Decrease in-person interactions with others.
- Consider necessary travel only.
- Limit attending gatherings of any number.
- Continue to follow the protections outlined by less-restrictive Yellow Level 1 and Orange Level 2 designations, including:
- Conduct a daily health check and stay home if symptomatic.
- Maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet from non-household members.
- Wear face coverings in public, especially when physical distancing is hard to maintain.
- Avoid travel to high-risk areas.
- Follow good hygiene including washing hands frequently, using hand sanitizer, avoiding touching your face, and covering coughs and sneezes.
- Avoid contact with those considered high-risk.
Learn more here about the levels and their full list of public health requirements.
For confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), symptoms can include:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. But the CDC (and the OWU Student Health Center) recommends preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick, especially if you have any trace of a fever. Do not return to class or work and remain isolated until you are fever-free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medications.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is not available, then sneeze into your elbow.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. (If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.)
Ohio Wesleyan currently requires the wearing of face coverings in public areas. In general, cloth coverings should:
Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
Be secured with ties or ear loops
Include multiple layers of fabric
Allow for breathing without restriction
Be able to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to shape
There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. For severe cases, treatment should include care to support vital organ functions.
People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately. Call first before going to any care facility, including the OWU Student Health Center, so that medical personnel can take precautions to avoid unnecessary exposure to the infectious virus.
Young adults seem to become less seriously ill from the coronavirus, but students still should take precautions to protect their health and the wellness of everyone around them. Ohio Wesleyan students have access to basic healthcare via the OWU Student Health Center, located inside Stuyvesant Hall. A list of local urgent care centers also is available online, and Grady Memorial Hospital, with a 24/7 emergency room, is located less than two miles away.
Should students need to miss class, it is their responsibility to notify their professors, get their assignments, and determine new due dates for missed assignments, exams, etc. For additional questions and assistance with illness-related absences, students are able to contact the Deans of Student Engagement and Success.
Should employees need to work offsite, the University has a Virtual Private Network (VPN) that enables them to connect to OWU fileshares and protected databases. To arrange virtual meetings, employees are able to use Google Meet, which integrates with Google Calendar and Gmail.
An overview based on information from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other public health resources is available on the About COVID-19 (coronavirus) page.
- OWU Student Health Center, 740-368-3160 (operated by OhioHealth). Basic care is available to students weekdays when classes are in session. Located in Stuyvesant Hall, the Student Health Center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For medical assistance at other times, view this list of area care locations. (Note: Employees should visit their personal healthcare providers, but are able to contact the Student Health Center for guidance.)
- Delaware General Health District
- Ohio Department of Health, call center available at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH or 1-833-427-5634
- CDC coronavirus information
- CDC influenza information
- U.S. Department of State travel advisory information
- World Health Organization