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Defiance County reports first case of coronavirus

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DEFIANCE COUNTY, Ohio — The Defiance County General Health District has announced its first positive test of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

This is the first positive COVID-19 test result for Defiance County, a press release stated.

“Defiance County General Health District is working to identify any close contacts of this resident who would require testing for symptoms of COVID-19,” the release said.


“These individuals will be instructed to self-quarantine and will be monitored for 14 days,” said Jamie Gerkin, Defiance County Health Commissioner.

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can cause mild to more severe respiratory illness. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infection person. According to the CDC, COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Those at high risk for illness of COVID-19 are those over 60 with chronic illness or weakened immune systems.

To prevent the spread of disease, the Defiance County General Health District 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.
  • Practice social distancing by avoiding gatherings and remaining six feet away from others
  • Avoid contact with sick people
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home if you are sick.

As this situation evolves, you can check the state of Ohio website or the Defiance Health Department website.


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