Responsible Restart

For Immediate Release: 05-15-2020

Contact: Noble County Health Department

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

“Opening up Ohio is going to be a lot like a dimmer switch to turn on a light”, Dr. Acton has used this metaphor during one of her recent press conferences and it is spot on. We can’t just “flip a switch” and open everything back up without taking it slow with necessary precautions. The risk to contract COVID-19 is still out there. If you take a look at Noble County and the six other counties that border us, there have been 501 cases, 57 hospitalizations, and 25 deaths all from COVID-19 as of May 15 at 10am. We know these numbers will continue to rise and we need to take the proper steps to limit how much they rise. 

On Thursday, May 14, Governor DeWine announced dates for when many new sectors can begin to reopen:

May 21- Restaurants & Bars (dine-in services) & Campgrounds,

May 22- Horse Racing,

May 26- BMV, Gyms & Fitness Centers, Low /non-contact Sport Leagues & Public/Private Pools

May 31- Childcare & Day Camps.  

Each sector has its own regulations on what part of it can open. Guidance and regulations for this can be found at the Ohio Department of Ohio coronavirus website, Face coverings will still be worn by many of the workers in those sectors, and those regulations will also be on that website.  

As we continue to turn on the dimmer switch, we must still practice good hand hygiene and social distancing. I know as Noble County residents we will continue to do what we can to keep our county safe. We all have loved ones we care about here and don’t want to see any of them contract COVID-19. Let’s continue to come together and continue to support our local businesses and those making Noble County a safer place to live.  

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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Noble County EMA

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