for Jefferson County, OH

Resources for Communicable Disease Reporting and Prevention

The Infectious Disease Control Manual (IDCM) and Communicable Disease Rules 3703-3-01 through 3701-3-31 of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) are designed to be a reference for health departments, hospitals, laboratories, and physicians in Ohio for guidance on who should report, when to report, how to report, and where to report confirmed and suspected infectious diseases. Call the Jefferson County EMS operations center at 911 or 1 (740) 266-4150 (for non-county residents) to report a public health emergency or to report a Class A infectious disease after hours.

The Jefferson County General Health District works to report and monitor communicable diseases that spread throughout the county.


Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

COVID-19 Positive: Isolation

Stay home for 5 days

If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house

Wear a mask around others for 5 additional days

Contacts: Quarantine 

If you have been boosted, OR Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

Wear a mask around others for 10 days

Test on day 5, if possible

Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted, OR Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR Are unvaccinated

Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days

If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days

Test on day 5 if possible


COVID-19 Vaccines/Boosters

Vaccines are available by appointment at the Jefferson County General Health District Nursing Clinic. Please call 740-283-8530 (option 1) to schedule. 

Booster Eligibility

Pfizer-BioNTech & Moderna – At least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series

Johnson & Johnson – At least 2 months after receiving your J&J COVID-19 vaccination


COVID-19 Testing

Homes test kits are available for symptomatic individuals at the Health Department. DO NOT enter the building if you are sick. Please call 740-283-8530

COVID-19 Case Reporting

The Ohio Department of Health announced on Thursday, March 10, that the state of Ohio will transition from daily to weekly COVID-19 data reporting at beginning next week. Daily reporting of key indicators including case counts, hospitalizations, and vaccinations will continue through Sunday, March 13. Then, the reporting cadence will change to weekly beginning Thursday, March 17.

ODH News Release – COVID-19 Case reporting


Rapid HIV

Our rapid HIV test is part of a two-step screening tool. If the first screen test is positive, a second one is done immediately after to determine if the patient is going to need follow up care with a physician. If that need is determined, we will provide initial education and counseling along with getting the linkage to care established for the patient.

Hepatitis C Screening

Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). This virus is blood-borne, and many become infected by sharing needles or other equipment used to inject drugs. The Jefferson County General Health District offers rapid Hepatitis C screening. Call us today for more information.

Tuberculosis (TB) Testing

Tuberculosis, commonly called TB, attacks the lungs and sometimes other parts of the body. It is in most cases caused by strains of mycobacterium, usually Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. Common symptoms can include chronic cough, night sweats, fever, and weight loss. TB is easily spread through the air. For more information about TB and other communicable diseases, speak with the professionals at the Jefferson County General Health District in Steubenville, OH.

TB Test Schedule for Jefferson County General Health District:

Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday: 8:00am – 3:30pm

Friday: 8:00am – 2:30pm ($20)

TB Clinic monthly by appointment

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing is steps taken by trained personnel when an individual tests positive for certain communicable diseases. The Ohio Department of Health and CDC recommendations specify the disease categories requiring contact tracing. Contact tracing involves contacting a patient, conducting an extensive interview to determine where the positive patient has been, and identifying anyone with whom they have been in close contact. Once those close contacts are identified, they receive notification of their contact with a positive patient. In addition, the individual will receive thorough instructions for recommended interventions according to signs and symptoms of the disease. These instructions help to ensure the health and safety of the patient, their contacts and the community as a whole.

For information on laws and regulations regarding communicable diseases, please view the following information:

Communicable Diseases

Ohio Department of Health Communicable Disease Chart

Ohio Department of Health Infectious Disease Control Manual (IDCM)

For more information, please call our office at (740) 283-8530 or contact us online. Our staff is more than happy to provide you with the proper resources or guidance on vaccinations, communicable disease screenings, and more.