The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) announced Tuesday that there is one person in the state under investigation for possible COVID-19 (coronavirus) exposure.
According to ODH’s website, which is updated at 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, there is 1 person under investigation in Ohio. There are 212 individuals under public health supervision, indicating the cumulative number of travelers referred to ODH for monitoring who are not exhibiting symptoms of the illness, including travelers who have completed the self-monitoring period.
There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, according to ODH.
As of February 24, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 53 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and regularly updates numbers on its website.
— Ohio Dept of Health (@OHdeptofhealth) February 25, 2020
Of the cases, 14 were detected and tested in the U.S. through U.S. public health surveillance systems; this includes 12 people with travel history to China, and two involving person-to-person spread.
The remaining 39 are people repatriated to the U.S. by the Department of State; this includes three people who had been in Wuhan and 36 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
The disease is not spreading in the community in the U.S. at this time, and the CDC currently considers risk to the general public to be low.
On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced that it had officially changed the name for the disease causing the outbreak that began in Hubei Province, China. It is currently referred to as coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19 (from the previous 2019 novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV).