Welcome to the Ashland County Health Department!
OUR VISION STATEMENT-
HEALTHY PEOPLE, HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT, HEALTHY COMMUNITY
OUR MISSION STATEMENT-
WE STRIVE TO PROMOTE OPTIMAL HEALTH FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES OF THE ASHLAND COMMUNITY THROUGH PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION, PREVENTION OF DISEASE AND INJURY, AND RESPONSE TO PUBLIC HEALTH CHALLENGES.
If you are a health professional evaluating a patient for suspected COVID-19 infection, please contact the Ashland County Health Department immediately at 419-282-4231.
Do you have questions about COVID-19? Call the ODH Call Center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). The ODH Call Center is staffed by nurses and infectious disease specialists 7 days a week from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
COVID-19 refers to the novel (or new) coronavirus that emerged in China in December 2019. While the information shared below provides general guidelines, much more COVID-19 information is available at www.cdc.gov.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:
- Shortness of breath
Before going to you doctor, urgent care or hospital, call ahead and let them know of your symptoms and travel history or potential exposure to COVID-19.
Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 and other communicable diseases by following these recommendations:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for 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.
- Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with individuals who are ill.
- Stay home when you are ill.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue that you immediately discard.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces at home and in your office using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
The CDC does NOT recommend that healthy individuals wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory disease, including COVID-19…
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
In order to prevent the spread of infection, individuals who have COVID-19 or who have had known exposure to COVID-19 are being asked to stay home for two weeks. If you find yourself in that situation, consider what you will want to have on-hand:
- Prescription medication
- Over-the-counter medicine, including acetaminophen and ibuprofen
- Feminine hygiene products
- Toilet paper
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Soap and other toiletries
- Household cleaning supplies, including products that kill germs
- Laundry detergent
- Tissues, paper towels
- Food and beverages
- Pet supplies
- Any other essential items you would need for 14 days
The CDC has issued Travel Alerts for several countries with sustained community spread of COVID-19. Please visit www.cdc.gov for the most up-to-date information, as the situation has been changing daily.
As of March 2, 2020, the CDC states the immediate health risk of COVID-19 to the general American public is considered low. People in communities where ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19 has been reported are at elevated, though still relatively low, risk of exposure.
District Advisory Council - March 26, 2020 - Cancelled
We have a limited supply of Shingrix Vaccine available. Please call 419-282-4357 to schedule your appointment.
To Register for the 2020 ServSafe Manager Certification, click on the photo below.
2019 Community Health Assessment
In 2018, the Ashland County General Health District, UH Hospitals - Samaritan Medical Center, Ashland County Mental Health & Recovery Board, the City of Ashland, Ashland County Commissioners and other local community partners and agencies joined forces to create assess the health status and needs of our community. The mission of this collaborative is to improve the health and quality of life for residents of Ashland County. In the latter part of 2018, surveys were administered to a random sample of adult residents in Ashland County and in 2019, youth at Mapleton Middle/High School, Ashland Co Community Academy, and Ashland City Middle/High School participated in a computerized health questionnaire. This was done in order to assess the health of our community and identify the health issues of greatest concern.
The data from these surveys is presented in the 2019 Ashland County Community Health Assessment report.
2020-2022 Community Health Improvement Plan
Based on the data from the 2019 Community Health Assessment, the collaboration of agencies throughout Ashland County have identified two (2) major priority areas to focus on to improve the health of Holmes County. The priority areas are:
- Improving chronic disease outcomes
- Improving mental health and addiction outcomes
These two priority areas, as additional cross-cutting priorities, such as Access to Care, Poverty, etc will be the focus of action-driven groups called TAGs. The four Target Action Groups (TAGs): Health & Wellness, Overcoming Ashland Trauma & Resiliency Collaborative, Preventing & Overcoming Addiction,and Ashland County Homeless Coalition report their activities and outcomes at the Ashland County Family & Children First Council (FCFC) meetings.
The Target Action Groups, throughout the next 3 years, will be implementing new programs, processes, and interventions to address these priority areas in order to improve health outcomes. The identified interventions, timeline for implementation as well as measurable results can be found in the 2020-2022 Ashland County Community Health Improvement Plan.