RCHD’s Incident Command System-
As we are in the midst of a public health emergency in Ohio and Ross County due to COVID-19, the Ross County Health District’s COVID-19 response is operating under our Incident Command System (ICS). Our agency activated the ICS in March of 2020 in response to the growing cases of COVID-19 in Ohio and the public health threat of COVID-19 here in Ross County. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, our agency has continued routine training and preparation for a pandemic under our agency’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness Grant (PHEP). Over the past 15 plus years, this grant has helped provide the essential public health emergency training for our health district staff. THis grant also built the various agency plans for responding to Public Health Emergency’s. When the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to Ohio, we were prepared to respond, with many thanks to detailed planning and training provided by the PHEP grant provided through federal and state funding over the years.
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, our agency has been in public health emergency operations for over a month now. Here is a sneak peak of how that operation currently is structured, as described in the “Incident Command Organization Chart”, also know as the ICS Org Chart. As the outreak and public health emergency changes here in Ross County, so does our agency’s incident command system. As we move through operational periods of the emergency, we change strategies and resources internally to address rising health issues associated with a public health emergency.