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BMV office in Salem closed for 2 weeks

SALEM — The Salem City Health District announced Sunday that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles office on Second Street will be closed until Dec. 7.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause,” the notice said.

City Health Commissioner Alanna Stainbrook confirmed that the closing was by order of the health district.

Stainbrook and city health nurse Kristen Toy have been spending much of their time, including weekends, dealing with contact tracing related to positive cases of COVID-19 throughout the city.

Contact tracing is the process of contacting people who have come into contact with those who have tested positive for the virus, explaining how they have to quarantine, and monitor their progress.

During the health board meeting last Wednesday, she reported the number of positive cases in the city so far in November stood at 75. Now, just four days later, the number is up to 113 according to the information she has and she’s expecting it to continue climbing.

In a message to citizens, she urged people who have symptoms to get tested and stay home until they receive the results.

Symptoms can include one or more of the following according to the Ohio Department of Health: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea. Symptoms can appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

She said anyone whose result is positive needs to self-isolate from others for 10 days, including those in their own household, from the date of symptoms first appearing or the positive test. Anyone who has had contact with a positive person should quarantine for 14 days and monitor themselves for symptoms.

If living in the same household as someone who tested positive, self-isolate for 10 days and quarantine for another 14 days.

Anyone with questions about quarantining can contact the health department jurisdiction where they reside.

As for mask wearing, Stainbrook said anyone with a complaint about a retail store can call the Ohio Department of Health hotline number at 1-833-427-5634 Press 2 for the Retail Compliance Hotline. The caller will be asked for the name of the store and the address.

Gov. Mike DeWine recently announced that a compliance unit from the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation would be enforcing the mask mandate by investigating complaints.

Stainbrook’s message regarding mask complaints was posted on the Salem Police Department social media site.

The first offense can result in a written warning from the BWC. A second offense can result in closure of the retail store for up to 24 hours.

For statewide information about COVID-19, check the website at coronavirus.ohio.gov. Information about COVID-19 is also available on the Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov

mgreier@salemnews.net

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