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To volunteer in the Portage County reponse activities to COVID-19 or to apply for Contract Tracing positions, please fill out the volunteer request form on the Medical Reserve Core webpage

PCHD’s mission is “To promote public health, prevent disease, and protect the environment, utilizing leadership and partnership to empower individuals and communities to achieve optimal health”. We strive to meet this mission every day, but it is especially important during a public health crisis such as this one.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PCHD is:

  • Conducting disease investigations for all COVID-19 positive cases
  • Conducting contact tracing for all COVID-19 positive close contacts
  • Actively monitoring travelers from around the world
  • Working closely with our community partners to ensure:
    • First responder safety and health
    • Identification and assistance to vulnerable populations
    • Information sharing between public health partners through the Joint information Center (JIC)
    • Information sharing to the public
    • Coordination with our healthcare system
    • Procurement of personal protection equipment (PPE) (working with Portage County Emergency Management Agency)
    • Correct preservation and conservation of PPE
  • Managing phone answering system for general COVID-19 calls 
  • Working with businesses/organizations with Stay at Home Order 
  • Working with businesses/organizations with Restart Ohio Plan
  • Communicating updates and educaiton on COVID-19
  • Managing media requests
  • Overseeing/Tracking COVID-19 response funds 
  • Providing WIC services via phone and curbside