Defiance County continues to see an increase in COVID-19 activity. The county’s incidence rate is 1,370.5* cases per 100,000. Between Jan. 6-12, Defiance County had 162* new cases.

The Omicron variant is actively spreading in Ohio. According to the CDC, the Omicron variant likely will spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and how easily Omicron spreads compared to Delta remains unknown. CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms. It is imperative that we all work together to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Defiance County Health Department recommends the following practices to help reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19:

• Get vaccinated against COVID-19 if eligible. Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

• Practice social distancing by avoiding gatherings and remaining 6 feet from others.

• Avoid contact with sick people.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

• Wear a facial covering while in public or around others outside of your household.

• Stay home if you are sick.

Stay informed: Defiance County Health Department will be posting COVID-19 data every Friday. Additional county level data can be found on the Ohio Department of Health website, or on the CDC website:

For additional COVID-19 information visit:

Ohio Department of Health website

(*Incidence rate and case count as reported by the Ohio Department of Health on 1/13/2022.)

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