Preventing the Spread

Actions Hamilton County is Taking

UPDATED Tuesday, March 31, 2020:  On March 23rd, the Director of the Ohio Department of Health issued a "Stay-At-Home" order effective until April 6th. Read the order here.   As such, many County facilities are now closed to in-person transactions while departments focus on essential government functions.  Click here for a complete list of websites, phone numbers and social media for County departments.

The following steps are being taken by individual Hamilton County Offices in response to COVID-19. This page will be updated as new developments occur.

 

Hamilton County Administration

In response to the Stay-At-Home Order, Hamilton County Administration is continuing essential public functions while focusing on keeping employees and residents safe. Essential and nonessential employees who are able to work remotely are doing so. The Administration is in continual contact with Hamilton County Public Health and Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency and is updating jurisdictions virtually and updating the press and public with daily virtual press conferences.

 

Hamilton County Auditor

Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes is urging the public to communicate by email at Dusty.Rhodes@fuse.net, by courier services, UPS, FedEx, US mail or by phone. 

Please use e-filing for all Transfers.  Go to www.simplifile.com to set up an account or call 800-460-5667.  Please check the Auditor’s website www.hamiltoncountyauditor.org for more information and updates.  Send all mail to Hamilton County Auditor, 138 East Court Street, Room 304, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.

 

Hamilton County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)

The BOCC activated a State of Emergency in the county to streamline purchasing policies to allow for a quicker response and open funding streams for State and Federal emergency funds. Commissioners are holding one public meeting a week on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. and are urging the public to watch online via the County's YouTube Channel or on TV LIVE on Spectrum Cable Channel 4 and Cincinnati Bell Fioptics Channel 834.

 

Hamilton County Clerk of Courts

The Clerk of Courts is taking steps to protect courthouse employees and the public.  The Clerk has enhanced online services to reduce the need for visits to the courthouse. Please visit their website for online payments and filing options. 

Clerk of Courts Title Office: All title branches are closed to the public. Auto dealers, watercraft dealers, and mobile home dealers should contact the Clerks’ office at 513-946-4650 to process titles.

 

Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services - Call 513-794-3300

Hamilton County DD Services serve many people who are especially vulnerable to a virus like COVID-19, so we have a responsibility to do everything we can to make sure we’re not putting people at risk. Read their response plan and what you can do to help.  You can also email them at contactus@hamiltondds.org

 

Hamilton County Board of Elections

The Hamilton County Board of Elections announced the closure of its building to the public and the suspension of non-essential operations. Please check out their website for updates or call 513-632-7000.

 

Hamilton County Engineer

The Hamilton County Engineer Eric Beck is urging the public to call 513-946-4250 with questions or concerns. 

For Tax Map Operations, please use  electronic filing via simplefile - https://simplifile.com/ or
Traditional postal services such as the US Post Office and various parcel carriers.

For Engineering Operations, please email contact through normal departmental contacts,  use the website contact page and information or use traditional postal services such as the US Post Office and various parcel carriers:
TODD B. PORTUNE CENTER FOR COUNTY GOVERNMENT
138 East Court Street, Room 700
Cincinnati, OH 45202

 

Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services

If you have any questions or needs for the Department of Environmental Services, please contact them at 513-946-7777. 

 

Hamilton County Job and Family Services - Call 513-946-1000

Gov. Mike DeWine has urged all those doing business with JFS during the Covid-19 pandemic to conduct that business via phone, email or online. Here are some important ways to contact or do business with Hamilton County JFS: Phone: 513-946-1000 Fax: 513-946-1076 To apply for benefits: 1-844-640-OHIO (6446). 

There is also a new drop box outside of our main entrance for paperwork for any program (FAA, Child Care, Child Support) but not for payments. Please remember to include your name, DOB, SSN, and case number.

View additional updates on the Job and Family Services website.

 

Hamilton County Prosecutor 

The Prosecutor's Office will be operating with reduced staff for the next 30 days.  They will maintain a receptionist at their main number 946-3000 during normal business hours Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Please check out the Prosecutor's website. Also, follow the Prosecutor on Facebook for updates.

 

Hamilton County Public Health 

HCPH is working with the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor and test for COVID19. HCPH asks that all birth and death certificates be ordered online. In addition, you can use the online system for other Health Department licenses and permits. The lobby at Hamilton County Public Health, 250 William Howard Taft, will be open 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Monday –Friday FOR DROP OFF ORDERS ONLY. Check out www.hcph.org for more information. 

 

Hamilton County Courts

In an effort to comply with the latest directives from the State of Ohio and to continue to take necessary measures to keep our staff and the public safe while providing essential services, effective immediately, access to the Courthouse will be limited to those who are conducting or are necessary to critical court proceedings. Read the Administrative Order on Courthouse Access here.

 

Hamilton County Juvenile Court

For updates on Juvenile Court, check out their website or call 513-946-9375 for questions regarding 800 Broadway. For questions related to the Hamilton County Juvenile Court Youth Center, call 513-946-2623

 

Hamilton County Probate Court

Effective 3/24/20, the Hamilton County Probate Court will no longer have direct contact with the public as directed by the "Shelter-In-Place" order issued by the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Governor's Office. We will be unable to have direct public contact for any of our Civil Matters or scheduled hearings until this Order is canceled. Please review our local rules and website for online, fax and mail options to make Court filings. Visit our website at www.probatect.org to attain necessary Court forms, Court Records, and make payments through our Cashier's Office. 

 

Hamilton County Recorder - Call Numbers Below 

Essential staff are still working to assist customers. The Recorder is reminding the public that Electronic Filing (or E-Filing) of deeds and other legal documents conveying property ownership is available in Hamilton County. This service is available to title companies, attorneys and other trusted entities through our service provider, Simplifile (call 800-460-5657 or visit their website at www.Simplifile.com to set up an account). 
Many documents are available online here: https://recordersoffice.hamilton-co.org/hcro-pdi/. No documents may be dropped off at the County Admin Building. Other options include mail UPS, Fed Ex, etc. 
Questions? Call 946-4588 or 946-4561 or visit www.recordersoffice.hamilton-co.org 
For the Copy Department, call 513-946-4575
For copy requests, email: recordersoffice@hamilton-co.org

 

Hamilton County Sheriff - Call  513-946-6400  

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil reports that beginning March 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office will enforce the “Stay At Home Order” issued by the Ohio Department of Health. The Sheriff is asking all citizens and businesses to comply with the order.  Keep up with the Sheriff via Facebookand Twitter.  Read the latest news on his press release page

 

Hamilton County Soil and Water - Call 513-946-772-7645

The Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District will close its office to the public on March 24, 2020, until further notice. The District will continue to operate and will be able to provide its full depth of services remotely via our website and phone.

 

Hamilton County Treasurer - Call 513-946-4800

The Treasurer is notifying the public that there are no deadlines for Real Estate Tax payments until 6/22/2020. Treasurer Robert A. Goering recommends that taxpayers make their real estate and monthly escrow (TOP) payments by mail or credit card and not in person. Email county.treasurer@hamilton-co.org

 

Veterans Service Commission - Call 513-946-3300

The Hamilton County Veterans Service Commission is urging the public to call 513-946-3300. They are no longer conducting in-person meetings. Please call the general number or email through the website. 

Posted on 03/24/2020