ZMCHD Change in Covid Policy

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The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department is making a change to its case investigation practices in response to the high volume of Covid-19 cases.

The health department is asking people who test positive for Covid-19 to isolate and notify those in their households and their close contacts including co-workers. Those exposed to someone who has tested positive should self-quarantine, watch for symptoms and take a Covid test with 5-7 days, sooner if symptoms show up.

The recent surge in COVID-19 cases, more than 200 cases per day for the last five days, is forcing the
Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department to change the way it advises people who have caught
the virus.

Our priority continues to be giving newly-diagnosed people guidance on how and why to isolate. With the
sheer volume of current and expected cases, we need the public’s help to make these notifications for
quarantine in a speedy manner and to let people know of their risk.

The health department will attempt to contact persons 65+ and those under the age of 18 directly; however, they may not be able to contact everyone in this group.

To report new positive COVID-19 cases of Muskingum County residents ONLY, visit Click on COVID Patient Intake Form.

ZMCHD is also asking people who need a return to work/school/daycare letters to please use your test result as your letter to return to work/school/daycare.

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Nichole Hannahs
ichole is WHIZ’s Reporter/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.