April 27th, High Water Road Closures

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Current Road Closures for Athens County

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Mask up! Donate & Be an Unsung Hero

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With many of the scheduled Blood Drives canceled in the past weeks, the local supply of blood is low. Your donation is needed and life saving.

Thank you!

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Severe Weather Possible Saturday Night

Timing and Overview:
A risk of severe weather will exist area-wide Saturday night.

  • First round of storms crosses through overnight and tapers off Saturday morning.
  • After a break during the day Saturday, another round of storms arrive Saturday night ahead of a cold front.
  • Some of these storms may become severe as the line moves east across nearly the entire region Saturday night, greatest threat generally being across portions of southeast Ohio and eastern Kentucky.
  • Greatest threat with these storms will be damaging wind gusts with a lesser threat of hail and isolated tornadoes.

Today’s Severe Weather Threats:

Winds:  Locally damaging wind gusts around 60 mph.  

Hail:  Small hail possible with isolated 1″ hail.

Rainfall:  Strongest storms may product a quick 1/2 to 1 inch of rain. Isolated high water impacts possible.

Tornadoes:  Low threat confined along the Ohio River Valley.

Weather for weekend

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Athens County Requesting Donation of Personal Protective Equipment for Medical Response

As COVID-19 spreads across the region, medical facilities and EMS have experienced an excessive use rate of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The increased usage rate along with a massive back order on replenishment, will soon put our medical staff and responders at risk. If you have any PPE, (N95 or other medical masks, exam gloves, new protective goggles, or medical gowns), please contact the Athens County Health Department. The items donated will be accounted for and replenished as supplies allow to do so.

Please follow below procedure to donate. Thank you.



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CDC’s Protective Guidelines on Coronavirus

Know How it Spreads

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  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Take steps to protect yourself

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Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
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Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others

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Stay home if you’re sick

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Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
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Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
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Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

To disinfect:
Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work. Use disinfectants appropriate for the surface.

Options include:

  • Diluting your household bleach.
    To make a bleach solution, mix:

    • 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water
    • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

    Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.

  • Alcohol solutions.
    Ensure solution has at least 70% alcohol.
  • Other common EPA-registered household disinfectants.
    Products with EPA-approved emerging viral pathogens pdf icon[7 pages]external icon claims are expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder to kill viruses. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
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Red Rock Road (TWP-347), opened.

The Palos Covered Bridge Repair project is complete and Red Rock Road has been reopened.

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Baker Road (CR10) Closure

Baker Road (CR10) will close Monday, 2/3/2020 for approximately 4 weeks. It will be closed between Brown Road and Fox Lake Road for a landslide repair project.

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Swett Hollow Road Closure

Swett Hollow (CR 94) will be closed tomorrow, 1/31/20,  from 9am-3pm for a culvert replacement.  The closure will be between the addresses of 13850 and 13854.

Athens Co Road Closed

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The Pillowcase Project

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The Pillowcase Project – a Disaster Preparedness Program for 2nd-6th Graders

When disasters strike, they often happen without warning.  Whether it’s fire, flood, tornado or other emergency, children are most vulnerable if they don’t know how to react quickly and take the steps necessary to stay safe.

The American Red Cross is offering a free program to help children be prepared, not scared, when disasters happen.  The Pillowcase Project is a disaster preparedness program for 2nd-6th grade students that teaches them:

  • How they and their households can best prevent, prepare for and escape from a home fire
  • What causes natural hazards like earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes
  • How they and their households can prepare for and stay safe when a natural hazard becomes an emergency
  • Practical skills to help cope with and stay calm during emergencies and other stressful situations
  • What tools and practices they and their households can use to be prepared for all types of emergency situations

Students will receive the My Preparedness Workbook and a sturdy pillowcase to hold their own emergency supplies kit.

Educators will receive a Teacher’s Packet with classroom posters, hands-on lesson plans and an Educational Standards Report.

We know you share our goal that all children have the skills and knowledge to stay safe in an emergency. Contact us to schedule a FREE presentation today! Provide your students and their families with this vital emergency preparedness training from the Red Cross.

If you have any questions, please contact us


David Bradley Disaster Program Specialist



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