DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Officials with Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County are holding a news conference Tuesday afternoon to give an update on coronavirus response plans.
Public Health sent out a reminder Tuesday morning that they do not provide any testing or medical care for COVID-19, nor can they provide a recommendation for people to get tested. They also stress that if you are not sick, you do not need to be tested.
Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper continued to stress the importance of social distancing and staying home when possible, especially if you are elderly or in a high-risk group. Whether you are likely to catch the virus or not, he says the public has an obligation to protect those most at risk.
The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners declared a state of emergency during their normal scheduled public meeting Tuesday.
There are still no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Montgomery County, but Cooper says “it’s only a matter of time before we document our first confirmed case by laboratory results.”
The United Way has put together a fund at The Dayton Foundation and have already raised $550,000 with the goal of filling any funding gaps that may arise in the area, particularly with nonprofit partners who provide services to the community.
“This will be a different kind of fund than we’ve seen from the tornado relief or from the August 4 shooting,” said Mayor Nan Whaley. “Everyone is affected by coronavirus across our entire community. We do know that there are people that do have the ability to give and we have to count on ourselves and our community to do that.”
Starting Wednesday, The Dayton Foundation will begin accepting requests from nonprofits wishing to utilize those funds.
Governor DeWine announced an order would be issued Tuesday on surgeries and procedures in order to preserve hospital beds.
Sarah Hackenbracht, President and CEO of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, confirmed that elective surgeries will be delayed or postponed starting at the close of business Wednesday.
“We need to reduce the number of people who are coming into our hospitals if it’s not a medically necessary emergency at that point in time,” she said. “That allows us to have that impact on the community spread and as things move forward, it will also allow us to continue to preserve the necessary personal protective equipment.”
She adds that hospitals still need to be ready to handle non-coronavirus health emergencies such as car accidents, heart attacks, and births.
Dr. Joseph Allen with Premier Health provided details about the new testing site in the UD Arena parking lot. He says that so far, the process has been very successful.
He stresses that before you arrive, you must have an order from your doctor or primary care physician recommending that you get tested.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the site had tested over 200 people, including many from outside Montgomery County. Patients will receive their results from their primary care physician or from the Ohio Department of Health.
Dr. Allen says when their first batch of tests return Wednesday, it is likely the county will see its first confirmed, positive test.
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