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November 25, 2020

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Hardin Health Department message to the public

Healthcare systems overwhelmed, hospitals struggling to keep staff, your health department does not have enough staff to follow coronavirus cases

Cindy Keller, director of nursing, deputy  health commissioner for Hardin County, issued the following announcement on Monday morning concerning covid-19 cases in Hardin County.

Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases and limited resources, the Kenton Hardin Health Department (KHHD) nursing staff will only be contacting positive COVID-19 cases in order to continue the COVID-19 contact tracing process.

Governor's health order limits mass gatherings

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that Ohio Department of Health Interim Director Lance Himes signed a revised health order to limit mass gatherings in Ohio. This order takes effect at midnight tonight (Monday, Nov. 16).

“Despite the health order that limited mass gatherings to 10 people that was signed in April remaining in effect, we have seen rampant spread of the virus as a result of banquets, wedding receptions, and social gatherings following funerals,” said Governor DeWine. 

“We have seen great tragedy associated with such events.  It’s not the ceremonies causing the problem.  It’s the party afterward.”  

'49-50 Ada bus drivers

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Last week's poll results

Here are last week's Icon poll results. Click here to take this week's poll asking about your covid-19 experience.

193 Ada students quarantined

8 active staff cases, 4 recovered, for a total of 12 cumulative staff cases  • 5 active student cases, 6 recovered, for cumulative total of 11 student cases  

Ada schools will continue to go "remote" according to Meri Skilliter, superintendent. She updated the school community on several aspects involving covid-19 in a letter posted Friday afternoon on the school website. That letter follows: 

We just completed our second week of remote learning, and we appreciate our students and staff who have adjusted once again.  

Please know our goal is to get students back in the classroom as soon as possible. At the time we made the decision to go remote, we had so many teachers with cases, or quarantined due to exposure, that we didn’t have enough substitute teachers to cover all the classes.

Covid-19 is no hoax. It's real

Scott Malaney: “ I’m bothered by the person whose attitude is, ‘I don’t care if I get sick.’ That’s a self-center response to this illness.”

Covid-19 is no hoax. It’s real.

That’s the message to Ada residents from Scott Malaney, president and CEO of Blanchard Valley Health Systems, and Dr. William Kose, vice president of special projects at BVHS.

The Icon talked with the two health professionals in a Zoom interview on Friday afternoon.

Sounding like a broken record, but an important one, both encourage people to continue three basic rules:
• Wear a mask in public
• Keep a six-foot distance from others when in public
• Washing your hands regularly