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2 more residents in Richland County test positive for COVID-19

Posted: 10:27 AM, Mar 24, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-24 10:27:49-04
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RICHLAND COUNTY, Ohio — Two additional residents in Richland County have tested positive for COVID-19, making it a total of four reported coronavirus cases in the county, according to a release from Richland Public Health.

The health department said it’s working to identify any close contacts of the residents who would require testing or monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.

The first positive case was reported on March 19. Sarah Humphrey, Richland County health commissioner, said she expects to see more cases as test kits become more available to those showing possible symptoms.

“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.”

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.

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