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Posted on: March 12, 2020

City of Dayton declares state of emergency

The City of Dayton has declared a State of Emergency, for Dayton Ohio, due to the public health impacts of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Declaring an official State of Emergency allows the City the ability to respond quickly to enact measures that protect public health, safety and welfare within the city limits.

There have been no confirmed coronavirus cases in Montgomery County to date. Despite this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued warnings regarding the impacts and severity of this disease and its ability to easily spread from person to person.

The City may require supplemental assistance if the severity of the event goes beyond the capabilities of local resources. The emergency declaration enables the City to call in additional resources which may be necessary. 

To read the proclamation visit

We encourage community members to protect themselves as during any cold or flu season:

  • Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds
  • When unable to wash your hands, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The City of Dayton will continue to keep residents informed with updates through its website and social media pages as information becomes available.

For additional sources of information, please see the following websites:

Dayton & Montgomery County Public Health

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

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