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CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019
(COVID-19) COMMUNITY SUPPORT
As a response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the United Way of Ross County will allocate micro-grants to local nonprofits and K-12 schools supporting those who may be impacted by the virus.
The grants total up to $500 per agency or school and must go towards virus-related aid. The grants are open to any nonprofit or K-12 school in Ross County and are available until funds are depleted. If you have any questions regarding the outbreak, call the Ross County Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
As a response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the United Way of Ross County created the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to support local nonprofits and K-12 schools supporting those who may be impacted by the virus.
The grants have a $15,000 limit, must be supported by a detailed budget, and go towards virus-related aid. The grants are open to any nonprofit or K-12 school in Ross County until funds are depleted. If you have any questions about either the COVID--19 Micro Grant or the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund Grant, please contact the United Way of Ross County at 740-773-3280 or email
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.*
*This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses.
How to Protect Yourself
Know How it Spreads
- There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Take steps to protect yourself
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Take steps to protect others
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a facemask if you are sick
- If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
If you have any questions regarding the outbreak, call the Ross County Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you need community resource assistance, please call