COVID-19 Information and Resources


Have Questions about COVID-19?

Ohio Department of Health has opened a call center to answer COVID-19 questions. The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. & can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

General COVID-19 Information

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Because it is a new virus, scientists are learning more each day. Although most people who have COVID-19 have mild symptoms, COVID-19 can also cause severe illness and even death. Some groups, including older adults and people who have certain underlying medical conditions, are at increased risk of severe illness.

Source: CDC

How does COVID-19 spread?

COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet). The virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Source: CDC

How can I protect myself?

Important ways to slow the spread:
-Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth.
-Stay 6 feet apart from others who are not in your household.
-Get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you.
-Stay home when you are sick.
-Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available.
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

Source: CDC

What are the symptoms?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. 

People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
-Fever or chills
-Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
-Muscle or body aches
-New loss of taste or smell
-Sore throat
-Congestion or runny nose
-Nausea or vomiting

Source: CDC

What should I do if I feel sick?

If you are sick with COVID-19, follow the steps below to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community.
-Stay at home except to get medical care.
-Get tested.
-Separate yourself from other people in your home. Choose a “Sick Room” to stay away from others in your home. Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
-Cover coughs & sneezes.
-Clean your hands often.
-Avoid sharing personal household items.
-Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday.
-Monitor your symptoms.
Stay at home

Source: CDC

When should I seek emergency medical care?

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

-Trouble breathing
-Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
-New confusion
-Inability to wake or stay awake
-Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Source: CDC

COVID-19 Testing

Testing is a valuable tool we have to help Slow the Spread of COVID-19. The CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional

Need a COVID-19 Test?

Get a NO-COST test through Hamilton County Health Collaborative’s Test and Protect program.  You do not need health insurance to get a COVID-19 test. Find testing times and locations here.



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COVID-19 Vaccine

All individuals, 5+ years of age are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Ohio. The best COVID-19 vaccine is the first one that is available to you. Do not wait for a specific brand. All currently authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and reduce your risk of severe illness.

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

Find vaccine appointments and walk-in clinics throughout Hamilton County here.

Need help making a COVID-19 vaccine appointment? Just dial 211 from any phone to reach the United Way of Greater Cincinnati!

Booster Doses

Booster doses are available for fully vaccinated individuals who are at least 6 months from their 2nd dose of an mRNA vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer/Comirnaty) or 2 months from their single dose of Johnson & Johnson.

3rd doses for the immunocompromised who received Pfizer or Moderna are still recommended.



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Resources and Assistance

513 Relief

In January 2021, Hamilton County Commissioners launched the COVID-19 Economic Recovery and Relief Task Force to meet the critical needs of families and businesses affected by COVID-19. Find direct economic relief and recovery resources at


513 Relief Bus

Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners recognizes the need to deliver social services, including no-cost COVID-19 vaccinations, to Hamilton County neighborhoods. The Hamilton County Equity and Resources Mobile Tech Bus (aka the “513Relief Bus”) will provide those resources directly to those who need it most. Find more info at

United Way 211

Dial 211 to speak to a trained professional who can connect you to essential community services, including scheduling an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine. Specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Find more info at


Funeral Assistance Program

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020. Find more info at

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