Updates from the Seneca County Health District

Seneca County Health Dept. Commissioner Beth Schweitzer is hosting a live video conference on Wednesdays at 10:30 am.  This conference can be seen live on the Seneca County General Health District and Seneca County Commissioners Facebook pages.  Questions should be addressed to Jimmy Flint, Seneca County Public Relations Coordinator at jflint@senecacountyohio.gov.   The videos will be posted to the Seneca County Commissioners YouTube video page when finished.

 View up to date information and live videos from Health Commissioner Beth Schweitzer at their Facebook page

The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency have issued "Guidance for Premise Plumbing Water Service Restoration."



March 30, 2020

Dear Seneca County Employer,

I am writing to ask you to send the Seneca County General Health District the statement you should have created outlining specifically why you are an essential business.

This does not apply to those who are known essential businesses such as groceries and pharmacies. Also some of you have already sent your statements, so you don't have to repeat the process. I am requiring that you do this and that you return it to my office by Wednesday, April 1. You may email it to me at bschweitzer@senecahealthdept.org.

We have had many complaints about many businesses not following the crucial requirements of social distancing of at least 6 feet between employees at all times, not providing hand sanitizer, and not regularly cleaning and sanitizing surfaces that are touched by many people. These are not suggestions; these are requirements to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Also you should ask employees to take temperatures before coming to work. When they arrive check with them to see how they are feeling. If someone has obvious symptoms of illness send them home.

My employees have contacted those businesses about whom we have received complaints of noncompliance with the above measures. The health district does have the authority to shut down a business that are is not essential and/or are not following the mandated measures. We would prefer your cooperation.

Please do your part in preventing the spread of COVID 19. It takes everyone working together.


Dear Business and Industry Owners in Seneca County,

As your health commissioner here in Seneca County I am charged with doing all in my power to protect the health of my citizens.  You as employers are crucial in my effort to prevent the spread of COVID – 19 and prevent adverse outcomes from this pandemic.

I am going to stress what you must do as a responsible employer.  Please follow the guidance I am providing below:

  • Make sure you provide the opportunity for your employees to follow the social distancing rule of no less than six feet apart while working and while taking their breaks.  Do not allow employees to congregate in the lunch or break room.
  • Please have available hand sanitizer and allow employees to break to wash hands regularly.
  • Be diligent in cleaning surfaces that are touched frequently by multiple people.  I have read that the virus can live on stainless steel for two days and on plastic for three.  This is crucial.
  • Be generous with sick time for employees.  Employees should not come to work when sick.  You should be monitoring temperatures before they walk into the work place.  Ask your employees how they are feeling.  Please care about them.
  • If you are not an essential business, please,  you must follow the Director of Health’s order as of 11:59 p.m. on March 23, 2020 and close.

I truly hope you will read this and heed these requirements above.  Can you think of anything better than knowing your actions saved a life?

Yours truly,

Beth Schweitzer

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