Health District gives tips to lower risk of illness

By Gabe Jones, MPH - Health Commissioner

Champaign Health District is working with community partners for coronavirus (COVID-19) preparation. Various organizations have been working to provide information and guidance to resources across the county. Additionally, we have provided social media updates and information for the general public on COVID-19.

During a meeting with local partners on Tuesday, Champaign Health District discussed using social media to share consistent messages from our state and national partners with our community. The common goal amongst community partners is to provide consistent messaging to our community members.

Local, state and national authorities have established plans that will be implemented to address emerging threats.

“Our plans were developed to be flexible,” Jeanne Bowman, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Champaign Health District said, “to allow them to be tailored to the specific situation.”

In Champaign County, we remain at low risk for a COVID-19 outbreak. Just as with influenza and other illnesses, it’s critical to protect yourself. Experts at Ohio Department of Health recommend these tips:

– Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water. If unavailable, use hand sanitizer.

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

– Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

– Stay home when you are sick (except to visit a healthcare professional) and avoid contact with others.

– Avoid exposure to others who are sick.

– Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.

– Get your annual flu vaccine.

– Face masks should only be worn by sick people and healthcare workers.

Champaign County residents should continue to adhere to travel bans and travel warnings. No one should travel to China right now. Travel should be restricted to several other countries as well, according to CDC recommendations. Those additional countries currently include Iran, Italy, Japan and South Korea. Visit for the latest CDC travel recommendations.

If you traveled to a country with widespread COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks (or have been around a confirmed case of COVID-19) and experienced symptoms of COVID-19, contact Champaign Health District.

If you have questions about COVID-19, contact Champaign Health District at 937-484-1605 or

By Gabe Jones, MPH

Health Commissioner

Gabe Jones is the Champaign County health commissioner.

Gabe Jones is the Champaign County health commissioner.