TOLEDO, Ohio — Leaders with the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department are reaching out to remind Ohioans to be safe when they go out with friends, as the coronavirus is still present in the community.
As more people are outside, being active, seeing family and friends and gathering in groups, leaders say the risk of transmission does increase.
"It's important for community members to understand how to reduce the risk of spreading COVID," Health Commissioner Dr. Eric Zgodzinski said. "You can go out and do things, but choose so wisely."
Here are preventative measures suggested by the health department to help slow the spread of coronavirus:
- Wear a mask or face covering around others and in public when possible
- Keep six feet apart
- Frequently wash hands
- Stay home when sick
"When we're all taking these essential precautions, we're all a little safer and slowing the spread of COVID-19," Zgodzinski said. "Lucas County had a slight increase of cases since the state started to open back up."
A number of public testing sites are open and accepting appointments for those who are interested in getting a COVID-19 test. Anyone is able to receive a test, regardless of symptoms. However, an appointment is required.
For a list of Lucas County testing sites, click here.
Health department leaders say they support engaging in peaceful demonstrations and other civic activities, but remind people that large gatherings do pose a greater risk for virus exposure.
They suggest following universal precautions when you are out such as wearing a face covering (if possible) when in close proximity to others, maintaining a distance of six feet and, if you are sick, finding ways to make yourself heard from home.
Additionally, health leaders are encouraging anyone who feels as though they need to be tested to schedule an appointment.