TALLMADGE — Residents and visitors to public buildings are urged to limit visits or not enter at all if they are ill.

Mayor David Kline announced changes Monday to public buildings in the city.

Due to public safety related concerns over the spread of Coronavirus and an abundance of caution, public messages will be posted at the entrances of the Tallmadge Recreation Center, Tallmadge City Hall, Public Service Center, Community Center, and police and fire stations restricting public access.

Only residents with business that cannot be handled over the phone should enter a city facility.  

Visitors will be asked not to enter if they are ill with fever, shortness of breath, coughing or sneezing repeatedly;

• if, within the last two weeks, they have returned from travel in China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Japan or any other country or region identified by the Centers for Disease Control (transitioning through an airport in one of these areas does not meet this criterion);

• if, within the last two weeks, they have returned from an area in the United States with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19;

• if they have been in close contact with a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19;

• if they have been on an aircraft, being seated within 6 feet of a traveler with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection;

• or if they are living in the same household as, an intimate partner of, or caring for a person in a non-healthcare setting (such as home) to a person with symptomatic laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infection.

Those who enter a city facility and show signs of illness (e.g., fever, coughing, repeated sneezing, etc.) will be asked to leave in the interest of public safety.

Those who do enter are asked to practice social distancing and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others, when possible.

Everyone is urged to follow advice from the Governor’s office, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that will prevent the spread of the disease: "avoid large gatherings; use online transactions when possible; avoid visiting nursing homes – and if you are sick, do NOT visit nursing homes; if you have an older person in your home or someone with compromised health, such as asthma, understand that the biggest threat to them may be you bringing the virus into the home; and if you or a loved one are older, think twice about an upcoming trip."

Additional information can be found at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov or you can call the Ohio Department of Health hotline at 1-833-4ASK-ODH.

For further information on the Coronavirus, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov