Community response to threat of COVID-19

Friday, March 20, 2020

Community Efforts for Keeping Oxford Safe: We will get through this.


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City of Oxford Updates

Updated Friday, April 3, 2020, at 2:33pm

  • The City of Oxford will extend the closure of our buildings to the public and cancel all community events through April 30th.  As possible, our staff members are working remotely.  We have increased safety and sanitation measures for all staff who must report on site.  We currently have enough personal protective equipment for our first responders.
  • Our public services are continuing without interruption. (Including yard waste pick up).
  • Parks remain open but playgrounds are closed.  We ask the public to practice physical distancing while at the park.

Updated March 27, 2020 at 4:40pm

  • The City is beginning Economic Recovery planning in partnership with the Community Improvement Corporation, the Chamber of Commerce, and Enjoy Oxford.  We will present a proposal to City Council at the April 7th City Council meeting.
  • We are in daily communication with McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital|TriHealth and the Butler County Emergency Management Agency.  The hospital is seeing a few positive tests come through its Emergency Department. Patients who have tested positive with minor symptoms have been sent home to their neighboring community to recover, others who need more care, have moved to another Tri Health facility.  Our hospital remains ready to respond to our community needs. 
  • We urge you to continue to be diligent in preventive practices!  Practice physical distancing, sanitation, and hygiene practices.  Stay at home and take care of yourself. Make sure you are practicing healthy habits: drink water, eat a healthy diet, exercise, and get enough rest.  Recognize that this is a stressful time for many of us and be mindful of your mental health as well. 

Updated March 23, 2020 at 3:14pm

In response to the Ohio Department of Health orders on Sunday,  March 22nd.  The city will be taking the following actions:

  • City operations are essential and we will continue our services.  We are encouraging many of our staff to work remotely.  Other staff operate essential functions and must report in person.  For these individuals, we are taking every precaution to keep them healthy and safe. 
  • Our playgrounds and dog park will be closed. The Oxford Area Trail and Miami Natural Area Trails and Community Park remain open.   Outdoor walks and hiking are allowed under this recent order.
  • Coordinating with Rumpke and property owners to take care of move-out trash and property maintenance issues. 
  • Coordinating with local business owners and assisting the Butler County General Health District as needed. 
  • Working with our local social service agencies to coordinate responses. 

Read the FAQ page on the Stay Home Order

Read the full text Department of Health Order


Updated March 18, 2020 at 12:00pm

  • To prevent the spread of COVID-19 our City will be making these changes as of March 19, 2020:
    • Guests will no longer be able to enter the City Municipal Building, the Tri Rec Center and the City Transfer Station and freely walk around.  We will have signs on the doors/gate with a phone number to call for service.  A staff member will greet you and provide assistance.
    • You can process all payments online or submit them in the dropbox outside our building. 
    • When possible, some City staff will begin working remotely.  We will maintain all coverage in all departments and have essential staff reporting in our offices. 
  • The City had previously taken these precautionary steps of closing or canceling the following:
    • Citizens Police Academy
    • Police Explorers Program
    • OPRD Pre School and Spring Break Camp
    • OPRD gym, teen center, and weight room facility
    • All community events on community property with over 100 people or that involve City staff support
    • Rental inspections of occupied rentals

Preparing for COVID-19 In Our Community:

The Butler County General Health District is leading the charge during this public health emergency.   We have a local Emergency Operations Center in place and our public safety staff are in constant communication with our community partners,  the Butler County Emergency Management Agency and McCullough Hyde Memorial Hospital| Tri Health. You can review daily Butler County Updates at the Butler County General Health District or by calling 513-863-1770.

The general consensus is we will have cases of COVID-19 in our community.   Our emergency operations are in place and well prepared to serve our community. Public Health Officials and the hospital systems in the area have a plan for testing and patient surge to be enacted when necessary.

If you feel sick,  please call your doctor.  The Center for Disease Control has a list of symptoms and what steps to take. 

If you are healthy, we are asking you to follow Governor DeWine’s and the Ohio Department of Health’s directives and help us prevent community spread.  

  • Review a full list of directives at the Ohio Department of Health, but here are a few highlights:
    • Limit mass gatherings over 10 people. 
    • Closed schools through April 6th
    • Restricted visitation at nursing homes
    • Closed restaurants and bars for dine-in service.  Carry out and delivery options continue. 
    • Nonessential businesses must close through April 6th
    • Ohioans are to stay home unless it is for essential reasons as outlined in the Stay at Home Order FAQ

Stop the Spread

Prevention is the best way to prevent the spread of this virus:

  • Washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water.
  • When unable to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with other people who are sick.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Practice Physical Distancing:  Avoid handshakes, stay 6’ away from people, and avoid mass gatherings.

You can stay informed and learn more by checking out the following public health sites:

Mental Health Resources

Economic Hardship Support

The City of Oxford will not be conducting utility shutoffs for lack of payment during this public health emergency. 


  • The Oxford Community Foundation now has a COVID-19 Assistance Fund.  
    • Oxford Community Foundation
    • 22 E. High Street
    • Oxford, OH  45056.
    • The check should be made payable to The Oxford Community Foundation, with OCF COVID-19 Assistance Fund in the memo line.
    • or donate online and designate COVID-19 Assistance Fund.


Social Service Providers:

If you need economic assistance during this challenging time, please contact the following organizations. 


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