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Older Ohioans and Ohioans with Chronic Conditions - COVID-19 Checklist

COVID-19 Checklist for Older Ohioans

and People with Chronic Health Conditions

Protecting Against COVID-19

Among people at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19 are those 65 or older, women who are pregnant, people who smoke, and people with underlying chronic and/or severe medical conditions such as cancer, kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, obesity, sickle cell disease, or diabetes. Click here for a full list of conditions that could place you at increased risk.

The Ohio Department of Health strongly recommends that people in these categories take the following actions:

  • Monitor your health for symptoms suggestive of COVID-19:
  • Fever or chills.
  • Cough.
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
  • Fatigue.
  • Muscle or body aches.
  • Headache.
  • New loss of taste or smell.
  • Sore throat.
  • Congestion or runny nose.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Diarrhea.

If you develop these or other concerning symptoms, contact your healthcare provider right away. It is important that you are evaluated as soon as possible.

  • Call for help immediately if you have signs of serious illness, such as difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion or inability to arouse, bluish lips or face, or any other severe or concerning symptom.
  • Consult with to your healthcare provider for guidance on any other symptoms to look out for and when to call for help.
  • Stay at home as much as possible and do not have visitors. Try to get outdoors for a walk or other recreation if possible.
  • When you go out, wear a cloth face covering, keep at least 6 feet from others, and clean your hands often.
  • Ask others to run essential errands, such as grocery shopping or picking up medications.
  • If you have to go out yourself, wear a cloth face covering and visit locations when people are less likely to be there. Some grocery stores, pharmacies, and other locations have specific hours set aside for at-risk people.
  • Have access to several weeks of medications and supplies. If someone cannot get them for you, ask the pharmacy if the prescriptions can be mailed or if you can pick them up without waiting in line or use a drive-up window if available.
  • Plan for what you will do if you, or people you rely on for support, become ill.
  • Take care of the emotional health of yourself and your household members. Communicate with family members, friends, and neighbors through the videoconferencing, phone or email at least weekly to create a support network.

Updated Nov. 3, 2020.

For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call the COVID-19 CareLine at 1-800-720-9616.

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Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by taking these precautions.

  • Stay home 
  • Practice Social Distancing
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals
  • Wash hands often with water and soap (20 seconds or longer)
  • Dry hands with a clean towel or air dry your hands
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces
  • Clean and disinfect "High-Touch" surfaces often
  • Call before visiting your doctor
  • Practice good hygiene habits 

If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)


High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

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