Richland Public Health Reports 3rd and 4th Positive Case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Richland County
Richland County, OH, March 24 – Richland Public Health has been notified of a two additional positive test results for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) for residents of Richland County. This makes four positive results for Richland County. Richland Public Health is working to identify any close contacts of this resident who would require testing or monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.
Richland Public Health, along with our hospitals, healthcare providers and community partners have been actively preparing to respond to possible cases of COVID-19 in our community. The first positive case was March 19. “We are working closely with the Ohio Department of Health, following protocols and guidance in place, to identify close contacts of these individuals who will be instructed to self-quarantine, and public health will monitor for 14 days,” said Sarah Humphrey, Health Commissioner. “Again, our focus is to support the care of this individual and protect the health of our residents.”
“We expect to see more cases as coronavirus test kits become more available to test those who are showing possible symptoms,” Humphrey continued. “Seeing multiple cases on a single day is expected to become more common. That’s why social distancing is so important. Our investigation of all three cases is on-going. Our main goal is to isolate those who are ill, identify close contacts and monitor for illness.”
COVID-19 is a type of coronavirus that can cause mild to more severe respiratory illness. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person. According to the CDC, COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Those at high risk for illness of COVID-19 are those over 60 with chronic illness or a weakened immune system.
To prevent the spread of disease, Richland Public Health encourages everyone to follow these effective practices:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Practice social distancing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces – doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, etc.
People with questions about COVID-19 can call the Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center, 7 days a week from 9AM – 8PM at: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).