MEDINA – More cases of corona virus known as COVID-19 are expected in Medina County in coming weeks despite radical efforts to limit the spread of the new disease.
As of April 1, 59 cases have been reported in Medina County with one death.
Medina County officials have followed the lead of Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health by taking steps to reduce the contacts between government employees and the general public. Not all county services have been shut down along with schools, restaurants and some other businesses, but many government functions are now restricted.
Medina County Public Transit has temporarily suspended operation of its flex (Loop) Services in Brunswick, Medina and Wadsworth but is continuing its on demand services (door to door) Monday through Saturday for passengers needing essential transit services for things like medical appointments and grocery store trips necessary for their health and wellbeing.
Clerk of Courts Dave Wadsworth announced the temporary closing of his auto title offices in Brunswick, Medina and Wadsworth. Those closings mirror the decision by Gov. DeWine to close Bureau of Motor Vehicle offices around the state.
Some other county offices have also closed counters normally opened to the public.
The Medina County Office for Older Adults has closed its senior centers in Brunswick, Medina and Wadsworth and canceled many activities and trips. However, it continues its home-delivered meal service and is partnering with other organizations to create a shopping service for seniors fearful of going to the grocery store. Those in need of the service should call 330-723-9514 to put in a request.
Medina County Job and Family Services has also closed its offices to in-person services but encourages clients to call or visit the agency website for information on its various assistance and protective services.
The Ohio State University Extension Office in Medina is now also closed to the public. Instead, the office has implemented a teleworking plan to protect its employees and clientele and canceled many upcoming events and classes.
The Medina County Building Department has suspended front counter access. Instead, Building Department personnel will be available to assist with phone calls, online application submittals, inspection requests and credit card payments. All permit applications are now digital. Contractors can visit the permit portal to search permit data on-line, submit permits, track the progress, and make payments.
The Medina County Sanitary Engineer has closed its Billing and Permit Department customer service counters at the Medina County Sanitary Engineering Building, at 791 W. Smith Road in Medina to in-person business and instead asks customers to drop off payments in the overnight drop box or to pay bills online.
The sanitary engineer is also restricting in-person use of the Medina County Solid Waste District Campus on Lake Road in Seville by closing the hazardous and specialty waste drop-off facilities and requiring individuals to have at least three bags of municipal waste and recyclables to dispose of.