3 people now under investigation for possible coronavirus in Ohio

No confirmed cases in the state
Posted at 2:42 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 14:42:46-05

CLEVELAND — There are now three persons under investigation in Ohio for possible coronavirus infection, according to an Ohio Department of Health update issued at 2 p.m. Thursday.

There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, but three people have now been tested for coronavirus and the laboratory results are pending. Persons Under Investigation, or PUIs, have exhibited symptoms of respiratory illness, and have met the CDC criteria for coronavirus testing - they have either been in contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patient, or have traveled or been in contact with someone who has traveled to an affected geographic area, namely: China, South Korea, Iran or Italy.

ODH had previously listed one PUI on their Coronavirus information site, but at 2 p.m. Thursday, the department updated the page to list three PUIs.

ODH Press Secretary Melanie Amato confirmed that Thursday's update includes two new PUIs in addition to the existing PUI. Amato was not able to provide details about the circumstances of these suspected cases or where in Ohio they are.

For more information on coronavirus from state officials, including what you can do to prevent and prepare for the possibility of confirmed cases in Ohio, visit the ODH site here.

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