Public health position

For Immediate Release: 08-31-2020

Contact: Noble County Health Department

Job Opening:

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator and Environmental Health Position, Full-time position will include coordinating activities of the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grant to achieve deliverables and public health disaster response planning. This will include working closely with department staff, management, other agencies and emergency responders by educating and building relationships to best protect the public’s health during emergencies and disaster response.  Position will also include training as a Sanitarian in Training (S.I.T.) working for the Environmental Health Program in the areas of Food Safety, Sewage, and Drinking Water, performing inspection and enforcement of all Ohio mandated environmental health programs. Extensive written planning to Federal Standards is required.  Position requires extensive reporting and grant writing.  Work will include additional out of county travel, training and certification as determined by the Health Department and its grant source.  Work hours are Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Position has an excellent benefit package, close to home and a pleasant working environment.

Applicant must possess good communication and computer skills.  Minimum qualifications require a valid Ohio driver’s license; have a vehicle for required travel and proof of current vehicular liability coverage.  Must be a Registered Sanitarian or eligible for S.I.T. status with a Bachelor of Science degree including a minimum of 30 semester hours of Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Math, or Statistics approved by the R.S. Board. Send resume by the close of business September 11, 2020 to: Attn: Shawn Ray, Health Commissioner Noble County Health Department, 44069 Marietta RD, Caldwell, Ohio 43724.

An Equal Opportunity Employer


COVID-19 Q & A

For Immediate Release: 07-20-2020

Contact: Noble County Health Department

Recently we have received some questions regarding COVID-19 numbers and testing. We have gathered the questions and answered them for you below.

šš®šžš¬š­š¢šØš§: Can you clarify the numbers being reported for our county?

š€š§š¬š°šžš«: The Noble County Health Department releases a total number of COVID-19 cases in our county every Wednesday and when there is a change in the confirmed, probable or recovered numbers. As of July 20, 2020, we have reported for our county šŸšŸ‘ šœšØš§šŸš¢š«š¦šžš COVID-19 cases, šŸ‘ š©š«šØš›ššš›š„šž COVID-19 cases and šŸšŸ š«šžšœšØšÆšžš«šžš COVID-19 cases. To put it into an equation, the total number of cases for our county is šŸšŸ‘+šŸ‘=šŸšŸ”. Out of those 16 cases, 12 have recovered. The recovered number is based off the Ohio Department of Health’s recovered definition. These numbers are a running total for our county since March 2020.

šš®šžš¬š­š¢šØš§: Is it mandatory that one be tested?

š€š§š¬š°šžš«: The Ohio Department of Health along with the Noble County Health Department does not mandate people to get tested for COVID-19. However, if you are showing COVID-19 related symptoms such as: fever or chills, cough or sore throat, shortness of breath, nausea diarrhea or vomiting, or new loss of taste or smell contact your physician for direction as to whether a COVID test is needed. If you have COVID-19 questions, contact the health department at 740-732-4958.

šš®šžš¬š­š¢šØš§: Are all the Amish being tested?

š€š§š¬š°šžš«: š€š§š²šØš§šž who is showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to contact their Primary Care Provider (PCP). Their PCP will work with them to see if they need to be tested and how to go about doing that. No specific population is mandated by the Noble County Health Department or the Ohio Department of Health to be tested.

šš®šžš¬š­š¢šØš§: The Ohio Department of Health reports different numbers than the health department, why?

š€š§š¬š°šžš«: The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) reports daily at 2pm the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, deaths and presumed recovered cases for every county in Ohio. The number ODH produces per county is the confirmed and the probable cases adding together. The Noble County Health Department reports the confirmed, probable and recovered cases separately in our county every Wednesday and when there is a change in the confirmed, probable or recovered numbers.

šš®šžš¬š­š¢šØš§: What is a probable case and will they be tested for COVID-19?

š€š§š¬š°šžš«: CDC's definition of a Probable COVID-19 case is determined by strict clinical and epidemiological criteria. A person classified as a probable case is highly likely to have it based on these factors: they have at least 2 specific COVID-19 symptoms with no other medical cause and have known contact with another lab-confirmed case of COVID-19. For example someone who has a fever and difficulty breathing AND no alternative more likely diagnosis (clinical criteria) AND has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 (epidemiologic evidence) is considered a probable case (unless or until they receive a test that counts as confirmatory). An individual considered probable to have COVID-19 may or may not be tested based on their physician recommendation and/or their choice not to test.

For more information regarding COVID-19, visit


Open, with safety modifications

For Immediate Release: 07-05-2020

Contact: Noble County Health Department

The Noble County Health Department reamins open, Monday - Friday from 8:00 to 4:00, with important safety modifications due to COVID-19:

¨ A face covering MUST be worn at all times.

 ¨ A temperature and wellness check MUST be completed upon entering the building.

¨ We highly recommend to scheduled appointments for Health Department services in advance. To schedule an appointment call the Health Department at 740-732-4958.

¨ Call from the parking lot upon arrival for needed services, 740-732-4958.

These modifications are for the safety of our staff and visitors.

The Noble County Health Department does not provide any testing or treatment for COVID-19. If you feel ill, please contact your primary care physician. Local medical providers in our county:

¨ Amy Welch, CNFP at Welch Urgent Care

¨ Becky Hall, CNFP at Superior Family Med Family Practice Caldwell

¨ Dr. Overmiller at Caldwell Family Health Center

¨ Dr. Spencer at Marietta Memorial Hospital Department of Primary Care

*Please call these facilities for more information about testing*

Symptoms of COVID-19:

¨ Fever or chills

¨ Cough or sore throat

¨ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

¨ Fatigue, muscle or body aches

¨ Headaches

¨ Loss of taste or smell

¨ Congestion or runny nose

¨ Nausea or vomiting

¨ Diarrhea

News Release 05-01-2020

For Immediate Release: 05-01-2020

Contact: Noble County Health Department: (740) 732-4985

Responsible Restart Ohio & Noble County

Shawn Ray, MPH, RS - Health Commissioner - Noble County Health Department

Governor DeWine unveiled his plans early last week to "Responsibly Restart Ohio" during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “Responsible Restart Ohio” allows more Ohioans to return to work, thus more people back into circulation within the community. With that increased circulation, increased safety measures are being placed upon employers to prevent new outbreaks. “Responsible Restart Ohio” is about protecting the health of employees, customers and their families; supporting community efforts to control the spread of the virus; and, responsibly getting Ohio back to work. 

The Ohio Director of Health on March 22nd ordered that “Non-Essential business and operations must cease”. With this week’s announcement; starting May 1st, all health procedures that can be done without an overnight hospital stay or do not require inpatient hospital admission may move forward. This includes regular doctor visits, out-patient surgeries, imaging procedures, and diagnostic tests. Dentists and veterinarians may also open if a safe environment can be established. Beginning May 4th, office workplaces can reopen, along with manufacturing, distribution and construction services. All businesses must follow strict health protocols if they choose to reopen, which include: requiring face coverings/mask for all employees, recommending them for clients and customers, implementing strict social distancing guidelines, limiting capacity to meet social distancing guidelines, cleaning workplaces throughout the day, and conducting daily health assessments of employees. Office personnel should work from home if possible. On Tuesday, May 12th, consumer, retail and service businesses can open as well, if they can follow those same guidelines mentioned above.

The following businesses and operations are to remain closed per existing Stay at Home Orders: Schools, daycares, personal appearance and beauty businesses, older adult day care services and senior centers, adult day support or vocational habilitation services in group settings, entertainment and amusement facilities, parades, fairs and spectator sports, campgrounds, restaurants, bars, and gyms. Restaurants and bars that have been operating with only carry out and delivery options are still permitted. For greater detail on the types of businesses that must stay closed, visit

Today, May 1st, the Noble County Health Commissioner has issued Public Health Orders to ensure consistency in the Required Safe Business Practices for Getting Back to Work. The five requirements mentioned earlier are detailed on the colored page elsewhere in this paper.  There are six exceptions to the Employee face cover requirement. These can be found in the orders on our website. If an exception is used, it must be documented with evidence supporting the reason for the exception. These orders will begin with start of business on May 4th, 2020, for all business and government entities in Noble County that are allowed to be in operation on that date. If a business or government cannot meet these requirements, they cannot be open for business.  

Because the danger of COVID-19 still exists, Ohio's stay-at-home order, will remain in place through at least the end of the month with modifications. The state will continue its ban on gatherings of more than 10 people. Ohioans are encouraged to continue making reasonable, rational decisions about leaving home.


Responsible restart ohio


Responsible Restart Ohio is about protecting the health of employees, customers and their families; supporting community efforts to control the spread of the virus and, leading in responsibly getting Ohio back to work.


    1. Recommend face coverings for employees and clients/customers.
    2. Conduct daily health assessments by employers and employees (self-evaluation) to determine if “fit for duty.”
    3. Maintain good hygiene at all times – hand washing, sanitizing and social distancing.
    4. Clean and sanitize workplaces throughout workday and at the close of business or between shifts.
    5. Limit capacity to meet social distancing guidelines.
      • Establish maximum capacity at 50% of fire code. 
      • And, use appointment setting where possible to limit congestion.



    • Immediately report employee or customer infections to the local health district.
    • Work with local health department to identify potentially exposed individuals to help facilitate appropriate communication/contact tracing.
    • Shutdown shop/floor for deep sanitation if possible.  
    • Professionally clean and sanitize site/location.
    • Reopen in consultation with the local health department..



The following businesses and operations are to remain closed per existing Stay at Home Orders:

    • K-12 schools and daycares.
    • Restaurants and bars.
      • Carry-out and delivery services are permitted.
    • Personal appearance/beauty services.
      • Includes hair salons, day spas, nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors, body piercing locations, tanning facilities, massage therapy locations and similar businesses.
    • Older adult day care services and senior centers.
    • Adult day support or vocational habilitation services in congregate settings.
    • Rooming and boarding houses, and workers’ camps.
    • Entertainment/recreation/gymnasium sites.
    • Includes, but is not limited to:
      • All places of public amusement, whether indoors or outdoors, such as:
        • Laser tag facilities, roller skating rinks, ice skating rinks, arcades, indoor miniature golf facilities, bowling alleys, indoor trampoline parks, indoor water parks, arcades, and adult and child skill or chance game facilities remain closed.
        • Gambling industries.
        • Auditoriums, stadiums, arenas.
        • Movie theaters, performance theaters, and concert and music halls
        • Public recreation centers and indoor sports facilities.
        • Parades, fairs, festivals, and carnivals.
        • Amusement parks, theme parks, outdoor water parks, children's play centers, playgrounds, and funplexes. 
        • Aquariums, zoos, museums, historical sites, and similar institutions.
        • Country clubs and social clubs.
      • Spectator sports, recreational sports tournaments and organized recreational sports leagues.
      • Health clubs, fitness centers, workout facilities, gyms, and yoga studios.
      • Swimming pools, whether public or private, except swimming pools for single households.
      • Residential and day camps.
      • Campgrounds, including recreational camps and recreational vehicle (RV) parks.
        • Excludes people living in campground RVs with no other viable place of residence.
        • Excludes people living in cabins, mobile homes, or other fixed structures that are meant for single families and where preexisting residential activity already has been established. (E.g., for people who have part-time preestablished residences at campgrounds for the summer months.) 

The COVID CareLine is a new, toll-free number and emotional support call service created by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Behavioral health professionals will staff the CareLine from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days/week. They will offer confidential support in times of personal crisis when individuals may be struggling to cope with current challenges in their lives. After 8 p.m., the CareLine will forward to the National Suicide Prevention Helpline, allowing those calling to have access to someone 24 hours/day. Call 1-800-720-9616

Governor Dewine's daily press conference

Every day around 2pm Ohio Governor Mike Dewine holds a press conference to keep the entire state up to date on the COVID-19 situation. You can find the conference live online at or on the radio at WILE 97.7 FM

After Hours Emergency Protocol

The Noble County Health Department has an after-hours emergency answering service system.  This system gives the caller a prompt in the case of a public health emergency to leave a message in a specified mailbox. Any message left in this voice mailbox will cause the system to contact the Nurse on call, who within the required time-frame shall call in to retrieve the message and follow up as required based on the situation protocol. All calls received after normal working hours that are determined to be a public health emergency will be relayed to the Health Commissioner or Medical Director.  The phone number of the answering service system is the same as the health department and is available 24 hours a day at 740-732-4958.

COVID-19 Resources

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