Communicable
Disease
Reporting
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.

COVID-19 INFORMATION

Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

Isolation

Stay home for at least 5 days

  • Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive viral test. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected. If you have COVID-19 or have symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days.
  • If you are still fevered, remain in isolation. Otherwise, if symptoms are improving, you may end the isolation period after day 5.

Take precautions until day 10

  • Recommended to wear a well-fitting mask until day 10


Quarantine

The CDC no longer recommends quarantining people who’ve been exposed to Covid-19 but are not infected.

  • Watch for symptoms until 10 days
  • Recommended to wear a well-fitting mask until day 10

 

COVID-19 Vaccines/Boosters

The Moderna Bivalent COVID-19 Booster is now available at the JCGHD. Pfizer is expected to arrive in the coming days. The Bivalent COVID-19 Booster is designed to provide broad protection against COVID-19 and better protection against the Omicron variant. If you are eligible for a COVID-19 Booster, the booster you receive does not need to be from the same manufacturer that made your primary series or previous booster.
 
Additionally, the JCGHD has the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine in stock.
 
To see if a booster is recommended for you, follow the link: Stay Up to Date with COVID-19 Vaccines Including Boosters | CDC 
 
If you are ready to schedule, call the JCGHD at 740-283-8530.

 

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

 

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.