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Montz shares local perspective on coronavirus, says Tiffinites must help ‘flatten the curve’ Staff




Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz took to social media Tuesday to implore Tiffin residents to help “flatten the curve” amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“I know all the numbers being thrown around regarding COVID-19 have been quite overwhelming, so I wanted to put things into a local perspective,” Montz said. “If you read through this entirely, you’ll understand why social distancing and staying at home is absolutely essential.”

“Let’s take the average and say 55% of Tiffinites become infected with COVID-19 this season, that’s 9,900 infected. Next let’s be optimistic and go with the 20% hospitalization rate instead of the current state average. That means approximately 1,980 people will need hospitalization,” Montz said in his post. “Did I mention, hospital bed capacity at Tiffin Mercy Hospital is around 120? Meaning, approximately 1.2% of the 9,900 Tiffinites that are likely to get sick with COVID-19 can do so at the same time, or there won’t be room. Keep in mind, only 20% of us should need hospitalization, so actually a ‘whopping’ 6% of us can get sick at the same time.”

“Oh, don’t forget, hospitals this time of year run 60%-75% of capacity without COVID-19 patients. So, those 120 available beds look more like 30-48 in total.”

Montz’s post came a day after the Seneca County General Health District confirmed the county’s first positive test for COVID-19.

The positive test in Seneca County was recorded in a 52-year-old woman who lives in Seneca County, according to a news release from the local health department on Monday.

The health department will attempt to notify anyone who may have been in contact with the woman recently.

“The virus is believed to be present in many areas of Ohio, even if those counties have not yet tested a person confirmed to have COVID-19. No additional personal information about the Seneca County case will be provided in order to protect personal privacy,” the release from Beth Schweitzer, Seneca County Health Commissioner, states.

Protect Yourself from Coronavirus

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

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