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The Board of Health meeting scheduled for July 21st, 2020 at 8:15 am has been rescheduled to July 27th, 2020 at 3:00 pm


Community Resources 


Is your business struggling with implementing social distance protocols? We can help.
The JCGHD has developed a form all business sectors can download and utilize. The criteria covered will assist you in complying with Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) orders for reopening.

Click to download the Jefferson County Business Social Distancing Protocol Form. This form is in a format that the form can be customized as ODH updates orders.

Social Distancing Protocol for Businesses Template



COVID-19 for All responsible protocols

COVID-19 For All Responsible-Protocols


Baseball / Softball Sports

Sports Baseball-Softball


Campgrounds and Camping

Sector fact sheet Campgrounds


Child Care



Caring for our Children Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting

Checklist for Child Care Programs

Handwashing at home, and at play poster

What Parents Should Know


General Office Environments

General Office Environments


Gyms, Dance Instruction Studios and other Personal Fitness Venues



Hair Salons, Day Spas, Nail Salons, Barbershops, Tanning Facilities

Hair Salons Day Spas Nail Salons Barbershops Tanning Facilities



Manufacturing Distribution Construction



State Med Board Massage, Acupuncture, Cosmetic

State Med Board Massage Acupuncture Cosmetic Therapy


Restaurants and Bars

Restaurants and Bars

Restaurants and Bars SPANISH



Retail Business and Employers

COVID-19 Checklist for Business and Employers

COVID-19 Sign editable

Don’t spread germs at work poster

Handwashing & hand-sanitizer-factsheet





Current Ohio Data: Video of today’s full update, including versions with foreign language closed captioning, can be viewed on the Ohio Channel’s You Tube page.

ODH: COVID-19 Responsible Protocols for getting back to work

Ohio Department of Health: Sector Specific Operating Requirements Restart Ohio

ODH: K12 Schools COVID-19 checklist

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (Certain Services)

EPA Approved Disinfectants: List N: Disinfectants for use Against SARS-COV-2

Guidance for Cleaning & Disinfecting: Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Home Develop your plan.

Effective  Tuesday, March 24, 2020


(subject to change)

In response to the current Covid-19 crisis and to maintain compliance with the Orders by Dr. Amy Acton, Director of the Ohio Department of Health, we have amended our operations as follows:
There will be no in person appointments until further notice. All appointments will be conducted via phone interview. Only one person may come to the office in order to have nutrition cards loaded. A surrogate may be sent for your card load.

Immunizations will occur by appointment only. Persons needing walk in services should knock on the door in order to be granted access to the clinic.

Vital Statistics

Birth Certificates can be obtained online. If it is necessary to obtain a birth certificate in person, please call ahead to the health department prior to coming to the office. Forms will be located outside the office door, or you may obtain the form from our website and have it completed prior to coming to expedite service.

Environmental Services
Food Service:

  • There will be no unnecessary inspections.
    • Health officials have the authority to sanction due to non-compliance.

Sewage/ Septic Services:

  • Loan evaluations, point of sale evaluations, septic system installs private water system testing, will all continue on as needed basis in adherence to social distancing recommendations.
    • Sewage: All tank lids must be exposed. The homeowner is responsible for ensuring the lid is exposed for testing.
  • General: Complaint investigations will occur as necessary.

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Health Commissioner, Nicole Balakos, would like to thank the Prime Time Office on Aging (Trudy Wilson and Cynthia Morris) for going above and beyond as hosts of our Town Hall tonight. We appreciate you as a community partner! In addition, thanks go out to Dr. John Figel, Dr. Thomas Graham, Dr. Chuck Kokiko, Mr. Anthony Mougianis, Mr. Don Ogden, and Dr. Kenneth Woods for serving on our panel and answering the community questions. Your willingness to serve on the panel is very much appreciated. Working together is how we will get through this pandemic and all of you have stepped up to the plate in so many ways and we can’t thank you enough. Also, many thanks to WTOV9 for all you did to make this event possible. Last but not least, thank you Facebook followers for submitting questions and for supporting the Health Department. We will continue to do all we can to get you current and accurate information. We’ve got this Jefferson County!!

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While breastfeeding is one of the most natural things a mom can do for her child, that doesn’t mean it’s easy or even intuitive. Whether you’re figuring out how to hold your infant, what her cries mean, or why he doesn’t seem to latch, nursing can feel completely overwhelming, especially when you’re running on just a few hours of sleep.

To help you out, we’ve compiled our 10 favorite tips to help you on your breastfeeding journey. We will post one tip for the next 10 days!

As always, If you need breastfeeding help or have questions, please call us. We have an IBCLC on staff and other breastfeeding support professionals.

1. The Right Latch Is Key
Habits form fast so it’s VITAL to get the latch right at the beginning. During your recovery time at the hospital or birth center, ask for a lactation consultant or nurse to check your latch whenever you nurse.

La Leche League gives wonderful tips on what a good latch looks like:

Your baby’s nose is nearly touching your breast
His lips are flanged outward in a kissy face
Her mouth is positioned over the nipple, covering half an inch of the lower breast
You’ll see your baby’s jaw working all the way back to the ear. The temples will wiggle and you may hear a swallowing sound. Stabbing pain is NOT normal.

Gently place your finger in the baby’s mouth to break the suction and try again. You’ll be tempted to just grin and bear it–anything to get a fussy baby eating–but trust me, you’ll both be happier if you insist upon proper form from the beginning.
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Reminder! Please tune in tonight at 7 p.m. Live on Fox9, or streaming live on

Town Hall: Summer Wrap Up & Returning to the Classroom Amid Covid-19

We took all of took all of the questions that were submitted to us as of 4 p.m. yesterday. Watch tonight to see if the panel answers your question. They will try to answer as many questions as time permits in the hour broadcast.
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Governor DeWine released a chart today that shows Ohio Counties Ranked by Highest Occurrence of COVID-19 cases based on cases per capita of 100,000. Jefferson County ranks #52 out of Ohio's 88 counties.

The list is to illustrate the rate of community spread over the last 2 weeks (July 21-Aug.3) as schools statewide develop plans for the upcoming academic year.
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Ohio Laws regarding Concussion in Youth Sports were updated in 2013 and are routinely updated.   Find out how you can help assure healthy youth in our community with a commitment to proper Concussion protocols.