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Posted on: August 31, 2020

Summit County Issues Amended Public Health Order

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County adds sixth Commitment to Containment, encouraging residents to get the flu vaccine

Contact: Nicole Valentine, Public Affairs Coordinator, Summit County Public Health

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County Public Health issued an amended public health order Monday. The order includes an update to the Five Commitments to Containment, adding a sixth commitment encouraging residents to get the influenza vaccine. 

“We anticipate that the opening of schools and ski resorts could lead to an increase in transmission of the novel coronavirus. When you add flu into the mix, we could see a strain on our health care resources,” Summit County Public Health Director Amy Wineland said. "Flu vaccination is more important than ever this year, as many flu symptoms are similar to COVID-19 symptoms. We need to do everything that we can reduce the incidence of flu in our population while we are working to combat COVID-19 so that we don’t overwhelm our health care system.”

In 2018, the flu vaccine prevented 6.2 million infections, 3.2 million medical visits, 91,000 hospitalizations and 5,700 associated deaths. The CDC recommends that individuals get vaccinated for the flu in order to reduce the threat of COVID-19 by keeping the body healthy, and the immune system uncompromised and ready to react to the threat of coronavirus. This is especially important for at-risk groups. 

At-risk groups for the flu are very similar to the at-risk groups for COVID-19. A notable difference is that young children are not considered at-risk for COVID-19. But they are at a higher risk for the flu, and it is important for them to receive the vaccine in order to protect their health. 

Chronic health conditions that may place an individual at higher risk of serious COVID-19 infection may also place them at higher risk of influenza infection as well. Such conditions include cancer, kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, immunocompromised states, obesity, heart conditions and sickle cell disease.

The Summit County Public Health Order asks all Summit County residents and visitors to make six commitments to containment of COVID-19 to help protect themselves and others:

  1. Cover your face in public
  2. Wash your hands often, for at least 20 seconds
  3. Maintain 6 feet of physical distance from other individuals
  4. Stay home when sick
  5. Get tested immediately if you develop COVID-19 symptoms
  6. Get the flu vaccine.

Aside from adding the sixth commitment, the new Public Health Order contains no additional changes from the previous order, which expired on Aug 31. All prior requirements and restrictions remain in place, including a face-covering mandate in public spaces. The new health order will take effect at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Summit County’s local public health order aligns with the current state public health order and incorporates all state requirements and guidance. The new local health order will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m., Sept. 30.

To view the state public health order, including detailed guidance on operation of restaurants and bars, visit

Find more information on Summit County’s Six Commitments to Containment and advice to Protect Yourself and Others.


El Condado de Summit Emite una Orden de Salud Pública Enmendada

El condado agrega el sexto forma de detener la propagación del COVID-19, alentando a los residentes a vacunarse contra la influenza

Contacto:  Nicole Valentine, Coordinadora de Asuntos Públicos, Salud Pública del Condado de Summit

EL CONDADO DE SUMMIT - El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Summit emitió una orden de salud pública enmendada el lunes. La orden incluye una actualización de los Cinco Formas de Detener la Propagación, agregando un sexto forma que alentó a los residentes a vacunarse contra la influenza.

“Anticipamos que la apertura de escuelas y estaciones de esquí podría conducir a un aumento en la transmisión del nuevo coronavirus. Cuando agrega la gripe a la mezcla, podríamos ver una tensión en nuestros recursos de atención médica,” dijo Amy Wineland, Directora del Salud Pública del Condado de Summit. "La vacunación contra la influenza es más importante que nunca este año, ya que muchos síntomas de la influenza son similares a los síntomas de COVID-19. Debemos hacer todo lo posible para reducir la incidencia de la influenza en nuestra población mientras trabajamos para combatir el COVID-19 para que no abrumamos nuestro sistema de atención médica."

En 2018, la vacuna contra la influenza evitó 6.2 millones de infecciones, 3.2 millones de visitas médicas, 91,000 hospitalizaciones y 5,700 muertes asociadas. El CDC recomienda que las personas se vacunen contra la gripe para reducir la amenaza de COVID-19, manteniendo el cuerpo sano y el sistema inmunológico sin compromisos y listo para reaccionar ante la amenaza del coronavirus. Esto es especialmente importante para los grupos en riesgo.

Los grupos en riesgo de contraer la influenza son muy similares a los grupos en riesgo de COVID-19. Una diferencia notable es que los niños pequeños no se consideran en riesgo de contraer COVID-19. Pero tienen un mayor riesgo de contraer la gripe y es importante que reciban la vacuna para proteger su salud.

Las condiciones de salud crónicas que pueden poner a una persona en mayor riesgo de infección grave por COVID-19 también pueden ponerla en mayor riesgo de infección por influenza. Tales afecciones incluyen cáncer, enfermedad renal, enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica, estados inmunodeprimidos, obesidad, afecciones cardíacas y anemia de células falciformes.

La Orden de Salud Pública del Condado de Summit pide a todos los residentes y visitantes del Condado de Summit que se comprometan a estos seis formas de detener la propagación del COVID-19 para ayudar a protegerse a sí mismos y a los demás:

  1. Use una máscarilla
  2. Lávese las manos
  3. Manténgase a 6 pies de distancia
  4. Quédese en casa si está enfermo
  5. Hacerte la prueba inmediatamente después de que se presenten los síntomas de COVID-19
  6. Vacúnese contra la influenza 

Además de agregar el sexto compromiso, la nueva Orden de Salud Pública no contiene cambios adicionales a la orden anterior, que expiró el 31 de Agosto. Todos los requisitos y restricciones previos permanecen vigentes, incluido un mandato de cubrirse la cara en los espacios públicos. La nueva orden de salud entrará en vigencia a las 12:01 a.m. del martes 1 de Septiembre.

La orden de Salud Pública del Condado de Summit se alinea con el nuevo orden estatal e incorpora todos los requisitos y orientación estatales. El nuevo orden de salud local permanecerá vigente hasta las 11:59 p.m., 30 de Septiembre.

Para ver la orden de Salud Pública del Estado, incluida una guía detallada sobre la operación de restaurantes y bares, visite

Encuentre más información sobre los seis Formas de Detener la Propagación del Condado de Summit y unos consejos para protegerse y proteger a los demás.


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