LIMA — Allen County is beginning to take strong measures to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19.
Kathy Luhn, commissioner of the Allen County Health District, emphasized at Wednesday morning’s mayor press conference that right now the focus is on tracking the interaction of those with confirmed cases as well as identifying those who are spreading it.
“Think about it as a civic duty to think about how we can be protecting each other and complying with these. Our opportunity to impact this is now early in the stages,” Luhn explained. “Think of this as an investment because what we do now is going to impact us down the road. The hope is that we have these disruptive daily activities right now so it’s not going to be as long or as severe as it should be.”
Lima Mayor David Berger said he is actively working with community officials including Luhn and Tom Berger from the Emergency Management Association.
Luhn’s best suggestions are to stay home when able and to “treat yourself like you’re contagious.”
“This is going to be disruptive to us, this is not what our daily routines are … to some people, this can feel a little bit scary and that’s OK to feel scared because these are not things that we’ve done a lot in our generation,” she said. “What we need to focus on is what we can do and why we are doing that. Again, we are trying to slow down that spread and reduce the impact.”
Those with symptoms are encouraged to contact doctors by phone before immediately heading to the emergency room or doctor’s office to avoid overwhelming the health care system and to protect health professionals.
The Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce is encouraging businesses to review their plans to prepare for possible impacts of the virus based on CDC recommendations.