UPDATE, MARCH 14, 3:54 p.m.: The City of Ironton Water Department will be suspending water shutoffs until May 15th.
“We understand that this can and may be a difficult time for a lot of us as we are being encouraged to isolate at home and we have our children home from school for an extended leave,” officials said on a Facebook post. “We take public health very serious and know that access to clean water is vital to our daily lives. The safety of our community and the health of our citizens come first. Remember to practice healthy hand hygiene and keep a distance from one another to help reduce risk o contracting the virus. We will fight this virus together and take every precaution to protect one another until it’s passed. We will get through this as a community.”
LAWRENCE COUNTY, OHIO (WOWK) – The City of Ironton is declaring a State of Emergency to try to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
The city posted the State of Emergency on their Facebook page.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has issued a ban on any gathering of more than 100 people, as well as instructing nursing home administrators to follow Governor DeWine’s administration’s limitations on visits.
During the Ironton City Council meeting on Thursday, March 12, 2020, Mayor Sam Cramblit said the ban on gatherings does not apply to church-goers. However, the situation is fluid and could change.
The city is also issuing a no handshake policy citywide and is requiring a notice be posted on all public buildings.
Schools in Ironton will also be closed at the end of the school day on Monday, March 16, 2020 for at least 3 weeks.