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Posted on: March 14, 2020

COVID-19 Community Update & Resource

Perry Township E-Broadcast - COVID-19 Community Update & Resources

The Perry Township Board of Trustees would like to take an opportunity to update our residents regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. We are in ongoing contact with the Franklin County Public Health Department regarding the preparation and response efforts locally.

Recently, there’s been a lot of speculation and rumor surrounding a person in Perry Township who allegedly tested positive for Coronavirus. After discussions with public health professionals and this person’s family, we want to set the record straight and be transparent with everyone:

  • No one who lives or works in Perry Township has tested positive for Coronavirus. The Worthington Hills resident who was rumored to be positive for the virus has been tested and the test was negative.
  • Ohio has limited access to Coronavirus tests and officials are limiting testing to high-risk people. As Dr. Amy Acton and Governor Mike DeWine explained today, anyone who has symptoms of Coronavirus should call their doctor immediately. For almost all of us without underlying medical conditions, our doctors will have us safely ride the virus out at home with plenty of rest and fluids. Only those with severe symptoms (e.g., trouble breathing) or those at high-risk (e.g., elderly or with an underlying condition) are likely to visit a hospital and be tested. If you need immediate help, call the Ohio Department of Health’s Coronavirus Hotline at (833) 627-5634.
  • Please listen to Governor DeWine’s words from today: “With or without a test, the virus is here. It lives among us and we must be at war with it. And we are at war with a very dangerous and lethal enemy. But this virus cannot do its damage without us. It needs us to be its enablers. Every single one of us has within our own control the ability to decide how fast this virus spreads.” We encourage all of you to follow the restrictions put in place for all of our safety. Limit any gatherings outside the home, practice social distancing at all times, and work from home if you can.
  • Finally, we ask that everyone resist the urge to speculate or gossip on social media about coronavirus. We’re all in this together and I’d ask for all of your help in avoiding any panic. Everyone here at Perry Township has been in regular contact with public health professionals and state government. We’re doing everything we can to keep each of our residents safe and healthy.

We must be vigilant in protecting from the spread of COVID-19. We also must take care to speak accurately and appropriately. This is a quickly evolving situation; and, one that requires all of us to use good judgment and common sense. We recognize there’s been a great deal of social media dialog regarding potential exposure in our community. However, we encourage you to utilize the websites below which provide the best resource of accurate and up-to-date information to community members:


Franklin County Public Health: https://myfcph.org/covid-19/

Columbus Public Health (serves Worthington City Schools) https://www.columbus.gov/coronavirus/

Ohio Department of Health: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/

CDC Updates: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/index.html


The Ohio Department of Health has also established a call center to answer questions and concerns. Please call (833) 427-5634.


The safety and well being of our community will always be our primary concern. We understand there is a great deal of anxiety and uncertainty related to this issue; but, rest assured that the Perry Township Board of Trustees will continue to monitor this situation and will share updates and any new information with our community as it becomes available.


Thank you

Board of Trustees

Chet Chaney: cchaney@perrytwp.org

Andy English: aenglish@perrytwp.org

James Roper: jroper@perrytwp.org


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