Frequently Asked Questions:

Continue to check back for updates. All answers are subject to change pending new orders from the Governor or Board approval.

Ohio COVID-19 Risk Map


The Ohio Department of Health has developed tier guidelines which are used to determine each county's risk. They have also designed an interactive website for people to visit. The Interactive map is located on the website. They also have a color coded map of the counties. For latest alert details click on the link Color coded County map.

The tiers are:

Level 1 - Public Emergency: active exposure and spread. YELLOW

Level 2 - Public Emergency: increased exposure and spread. Exercise high degree of caution ORANGE

Level 3 - Public Emergency: very high exposure and spread. Limit activities as much as possible. RED

Level 4 - Public Emergency: severe exposure and spread. Only leave home for supplies and services. PURPLE


Columbiana County Health Department Health Flow Chart

What is Southern Local's Health Response to COVID?

Symptoms have been classed into two (2) categories, Low Risk Symptoms and High risk symptoms.

Low Risk Symptoms:

  • Nausea / vomiting
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle weakness

High Risk Symptoms:

  • New cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of taste / smell
  • Fever (equal or greater than 100F)
  • Congestion
  • Diarrhea

Just because your child may have one or more of these symptoms, we are not diagnosing your child with COVID. Only a health professional such as your doctor, nurse practitioner, etc. can make that diagnosis. 

What if my child only has one (1) low risk symptom?

Keep your child at home. Your child may return to school after:

  • 24 hours fever free, without fever reducing medicines
  • AND symptoms improving

IF your child is sent home with one or more of the symptoms, what is your next step?

One option is to take your child to see the doctor and get them evaluated. This does not mean Southern Local is requiring you to get a COVID test, only your health care professional can make that decision whether it is necessary to give the test. Your doctor needs write a note that it is OK to return to school. The parent needs to contact the school nurse prior to returning to school.

The second option if you decide not to take your child to the doctor is to keep them home for ten (10 days). During the 10 days, they should be able to keep up with their school work since teachers are using Google classroom and Virtual class assignments.

What if your child test positive for COVID-19 (nasal swab)?

The Columbiana County Health Department will step in and notify everyone who has been in contact with your child. Close contact exposure includes being within 6 feet for longer than 15 minutes. Those notified will follow the guidelines the Health Department provides them.

What about HIPAA?

Southern Local must follow the guidelines of HIPAA. HIPAA requires that the health information is kept confidential.

Reminder of Southern Local's responsibility

If your child presents with one or more symptoms, we are not diagnosing your child with COVID, we are following the guidelines provided by the governor's office and the County Department of Health. Only a professional health care provider can make the diagnosis.