2nd Hamilton County Case Confirmed COVID-19 Case
March 19, 2020
Hamilton County, OH……..Hamilton County Public Health confirmed the second COVID-19 case in Hamilton County.
The patient is a male Hamilton County resident in his 60s. He is currently hospitalized. Out of respect for the patient’s privacy, no additional identifying information will be released.
Hamilton County Public Health will monitor the patient during his isolation.
The public can help:
- If you have questions, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov for complete information. You may also call the Ohio Department of Health call center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Do not go to the emergency room unless essential. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve those with the most critical needs. If you have symptoms like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, contact your doctor first.
- Stay home when sick
- Practice good personal hygiene habits, including handwashing, coughing into tissue or elbow, avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Stay away from people who are ill, especially if you are 60 and older or have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or a weakened immune system.
- Stay informed. Information is changing rapidly. Check and subscribe to Hamilton County Public Health’s website at www.hcph.org; visit the Ohio Department of Health at coronavirus.ohio.gov; or the CDC at cdc.gov
“Preventing the spread of diseases is the foundation of public health, and it is what we are trained to do,” Kesterman said. “We investigate communicable diseases on a daily basis to protect the health of our residents. The only difference in this case is that it is a new virus and we are still learning about it.”
The 2019 novel coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. The virus can spread from an infected person to another person through close (within about six feet) personal contact, usually through droplets from a sneeze or a cough.
The novel coronavirus is a respiratory illness and symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. It can take as many as 14 days for the symptoms to appear after a person has been exposed to the virus.
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Hamilton County Public Health works to assure the 480,000 citizens living outside the cities of Cincinnati, Norwood and Springdale are safe from disease, injury and contamination.
Contact: Mike Samet, Public Information Officer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2020
Posted by: Amanda Carter