First Positive COVID-19 Case in Clark County Resident
Clark County, Ohio - Clark County Combined Health District (CCCHD) is reporting the first “presumptive positive” test result for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in a Clark County resident. The patient is a male in his 70s and is resident of Clark County. He was discharged from Koester Pavilion Assisted Living Facility in Troy early last week and admitted to the Dayton VA Hospital, where he began showing symptoms and was tested for COVID-19.
Miami County Public Health (MCPH) is also reporting the first “presumptive positive” test result for COVID-19 for a Miami County resident. The individual is a female in her 60s residing at Koester Pavilion Assisted Living Facility.
Miami County, Clark County and the Ohio Department of Health are currently working with Koester Pavilion to identify and contact those who may have come in contact with the confirmed cases. All of our local and state public health officials are working diligently on this matter and new details and information will emerge over the next few days.
Public health emergencies, such as the outbreak of COVID-19, are stressful times for individuals and communities. Fear and anxiety about the disease can lead to social stigma toward people who have contracted the virus. CCCHD and MCPH encourages everyone to be kind and compassionate towards those who are affected.
The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 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, CCCHD and MCPH 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.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces – doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, etc.
- Follow social distancing recommendations from the governor’s office and the Ohio Department of Health
This is a rapidly evolving situation. Information is being shared as it becomes available on the following websites:
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).