Governor DeWine to provide an update on state's COVID-19 response after three cases confirmed in Ohio
Governor Mike DeWine and representatives from the Ohio Department of Health will provide a live update on the state's response to COVID-19. The press conference follows confirmation on Monday of three cases in Cuyahoga County which prompted a State of Emergency declaration from the governor's office.
There are currently NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Lucas County.
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The Ohio Department of Health confirmed three cases of coronavirus in the state on Monday, all of which were confirmed to be in residents of Cuyahoga County over the age of 50.
The governor also signed an executive order, which you can read in full
So far a total of 255 people have been under public health supervision in Ohio. Coronavirus tests are still pending for five individuals. Eleven others have tested negative.
Despite its alarming name, a state of emergency does not mean it's time to panic. Rather, it allows the state to more easily respond to the virus. According to a release from the Governor's office, the state of emergency "allows state departments and agencies to better coordinate in their response."
The Ohio Department of Health announced on Friday that the state had received test kits for the novel coronavirus and would begin testing in the state rather than sending samples to the CDC.
In that announcement, they outlined those patients who will be tested, among them anyone with symptoms who has been to an area with an active outbreak, those with symptoms who had come into contact with someone with a positive diagnosis for COVID-19, and those with symptoms not attributed to another illness.
During the news conference on Monday, representatives from the Ohio Department of Health recommended that anyone who believes they may be showing symptoms of COVID-19 see their doctor sooner rather than later.