Seneca County Health Commissioner Beth Schweitzer, MPH held her second briefing on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic Wednesday, in which she provided updates to area residents about the coronavirus crisis in Ohio.
Health officials confirmed the first positive test of COVID-19 in Seneca County on Monday, recorded in a 52-year-old woman who lives in Seneca County, according to a news release from the health department.
Schweitzer indicated during her Facebook Live briefing at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday that no new positive tests had come in since Monday, but later Wednesday evening, Schweitzer indicated that a second case has been confirmed in Seneca County.
There are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Seneca County as of Wednesday at 9 p.m.
The 33-year-old female who was confirmed as the second Seneca County resident with COVID-19 is currently hospitalized, according to a news release from Schweizter.
Schweitzer said Monday that 24 tests had been performed in the county so far, and that the health department was awaiting results from 18 of those tests. That information was relayed during Schweitzer’s 10:30 a.m. Facebook Live briefing before the first positive test was confirmed later Monday evening.
As of Wednesday at 2 p.m., the Ohio Department of Health reported that there are 704 confirmed cases statewide. There have been 10 confirmed deaths as a result of COVID-19, with 183 hospitalizations throughout the state, including 75 ICU admissions.
Seneca County Commissioner Shayne Thomas also chimed in during Wednesday’s Facebook Live briefing, saying that the coronavirus pandemic is a “black swan.”
“This is an event that is rare and devastating,” Thomas said. “We have to come to grips now with the fact that this pandemic will forever change the way we live our lives. We’re resilient, we’ll come back stronger than ever, but life’s going to be different. And we have to come to grips with that.”
Thomas said Seneca County has been able to use its “remote geographic location to our advantage,” stating that it has given us “lead time to start social distancing.”
Thomas said that he anticipates Seneca County will declare a state of emergency on Thursday amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“This doesn’t change the action on the ground, we’ve been acting in this fashion since inception. And those messages are coming directly from the state. But this may allow us to be able to access additional disaster relief funds, it may also alleviate some administrative burdens as necessary, and there might be some opportunity for us to conduct meetings in a different way,” Thomas said.