COVID-19 STATISTICS 

Please see the table below for current COVID-19 Statistics.

To view Wayne County-specific data, click on the tab at the bottom of the report entitled "ODH Cases by County (updated daily)". Then click on Wayne County, or any county that you wish to see information about.

FREE COVID-19 testing on Saturday January 9, 2021 from 10am to 2pm

NEWS RELEASE

For more information contact

(330) 262-9817

ema@wcemaoh.org

Wayne County Joint Information Center

COVID-19 POP-UP TESTING on Saturday, January 9, 2021

 

The Wayne County Health Department along with The Wooster Division of Fire, The Wooster Police Department, OSU/OARDC, The Wayne Co Sheriff’s Office and The Wayne County Emergency Management Agency plans to conduct COVID-19 testing on January 9, 2021 from 10am to 2pm at the OARDC campus, 1680 Madison Ave. Wooster, Ohio.  To enter for testing use the Gossard Dr. entrance, off State Route 250 near the Ohio State Highway Patrol post.  The testing will be facilitated by the Ohio National Guard and will be open to the public for free on a first come-first served basis.

 

Public COVID-19 testing expired during the second week of December but was recently re-instated by Governor Mike DeWine to continue during the first quarter of 2021. Wayne County Health Commissioner Nick Cascarelli stated "We appreciate the Governor making the National Guard available to conduct the upcoming pop-up testing event in Wayne County.  This event will be helpful in identifying asymptomatic and symptomatic people post-holiday.”  He adds that “it is crucial to continue to identify positive cases to isolate them and to appropriately quarantine their close contacts.  While vaccine distribution has started, the pandemic is not over yet."  

 

Wooster Division of Fire, Chief Barry Saley comments that “pop-up testing for COVID-19 is an effective tool for public health officials and first responders to protect our community. By being proactive and conducting mass testing events, we can quickly identify community members that are asymptomatic carriers or have mild symptoms that may not normally be tested. This early identification will allow those citizens to self-isolate and minimize the potential of unknowingly spreading the virus to our families and friends.” Wayne County Commissioner Sue Smail adds, “I am pleased that Wayne County will be hosting a pop-up testing site. The timing should help catch a lot of the Christmas to New Year’s holiday exposures.”

 

According to Wayne County Emergency Management Agency Director Joe Villegas, the COVID-19 pop-up testing site is a massive cooperative effort participated by many local public safety agencies. “It was clear that our local public safety agencies are concerned about Coronavirus spread” says Villegas. “This pop-up testing site is a valuable tool to gauge local spread and find ways to mitigate its effects in our community” he added. Wayne County Sheriff Travis Hutchinson stated that “We are pleased to partner with other public agencies for this event. Public safety goes beyond safe driving tips and asking people to lock their doors at night. I would encourage anyone who is interested to get tested as a way to help curb the spread of this virus.”

 

Testing will begin at 10am.  Traffic signs will be placed around campus entrances to help those coming for COVID-19 testing navigate to the testing entrance on Gossard Dr.  Please do not use any other entrance if you want to get in line for the test; it will interrupt planned traffic flow.  For more information, please contact the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency at 330-262-9817.

 

 

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THESE ARE STILL THE BEST APPROACH TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

The ODH coronavirus disease call center can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.  ODH staffers operate the center seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, including weekends.

Remember that the best thing you can do in the face of COVID-19 is to take precautions to protect yourself, your family, and your community:

  • Wear a face covering any time you are out in public.

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands.

 

  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
     

  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing.
     

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
     

  • Stay home when you are sick.
     

  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
     

  • Clean “high-touch” surfaces daily. These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, desks, and tablets.

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