Please utilize this page as a hub of information for both updates from trusted public health agencies and for city-specific updates. It is imperative that we rely on the information from our trusted public health agencies as we work through this difficult public health crisis. To ensure that you are receiving the most up to date and accurate information, please check the following sources regularly:
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control: Website / Facebook / Twitter
- Ohio Department of Health: Website / Facebook / Twitter
- Ohio Governor Mike DeWine's Office: Website / Facebook / Twitter
- Ohio Channel: Website
- Erie County Health Department: Website / Facebook
- City of Huron: Facebook
Using the signup form below, you can subscribe to multiple State and Federal agencies for updates regarding COVID-19 in Ohio.
Governor DeWine's Stay at Home Order:
On Sunday, March 22nd, under the direction of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH issued a Director's Order to require all Ohioans to stay in their homes to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 beginning at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 23, 2020 until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020. This Order prohibits holding gatherings of any size and closes all nonessential businesses. It does NOT prohibit essential activities like going to the grocery store, receiving medical care, or taking your pet for a walk. Residents can return home from out of state and can leave the state.
For more information on what this Order means for you, please visit this link to Governor DeWine's COVID-19 page.
The pdf file of the Director's Order is available here.
City of Huron Operational Updates:
Please review the following updates regarding operations at City Hall. As this is quickly changing, updated operations plans will be posted regularly and shared on our social media accounts. The City's Police, Fire, and Water Filtration Departments will continue operations with safety and contingency plans in place. Administrative departments (City Manager, Finance, and Parks and Recreation) are conducting all business electronically. The Municipal Court's procedures are spelled out in the link below.
- Republic Services Important Notice Regarding Your Recycling and Waste Service
- RITA (Regional Income Tax Agency) Extends Income Tax Filing Deadline to July 15, 2020
- March 16th, 2020
- March 13th, 2020
- March 13th, 2020 (Municipal Court)
What can I do to help?
- First and foremost, TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY. Our actions now have the potential to impact hundreds of thousands of people.
- Review available resources from applicable Federal, State, and Local agencies. The White House has released a report highlighting guidelines for Americans through April 30th. In addition, the Erie County Health Department has created a wonderful resource for ways you can help reduce the spread.
- Practice social distancing.
- Limit your in-person interaction with people that are of particular risk for serious illness. This includes people with underlying health conditions and people over the age of 65.
- Follow proper hygiene and cleaning practices
- Cover your cough with your elbow, sleeve, or a tissue (and throw it away)
- If you are sick, stay home!
- If you have any cold or flu symptoms, wear a face mask in public. If you are not sick, there is no need to wear a face mask.
- If you do call 9-1-1, identify any of the following symptoms to the dispatcher: fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing.
- Help those who are in need. We're a community and are going to need each other's support to get through this. Actions such as panic buying and hoarding make this much more difficult for various population groups. Check out discussions on various Facebook channels and our local community and civic groups for more information.
Are there resources available to help?
Currently, many employees and small businesses are being affected by shutdowns across multiple industries. The State of Ohio has announced it will expand access to unemployment during this time period (info below). In addition, the State is working with the U.S. Small Business Administration to provide access to low-interest loans to assist with cash flow as a result of lost revenue from this crisis. In order to become eligible, Governor DeWine must declare this a disaster with the SBA. This process is in the works and expected to be completed this week (as of March 17th, 2020).
- Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services - Unemployment Benefits for Workers Affected by COVID-19
- Small Business Administration - Coronavirus Disaster Assistant Loan Programs and a presentation on how the loans work.
- The Federal Government has adopted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Check out this flyer for more information on the program and how it can help.
- FREE DINNER March 25, April 8, April 22 - Take Out Only (stay in your car - starting at 5:00pm) - First Presbyterian Church, 225 Williams Street
- FREE LUNCH Mondays at Noon - Take Out Only (stay in your car - starting at 12:00pm) - First Presbyterian Church, 225 Williams Street
If you do have further questions, both the Ohio Department of Health and Erie County Health Departments are urging people to call them directly. They've established hotlines for the public. Phone traffic is high, but be patient.
- Ohio Department of Health: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH
- Erie County Health Department: 567-867-3243