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COVID-19 outbreak tied to Put-in-Bay bars, restaurants





File photo of Put-in-Bay courtesy James St. John / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — Health officials Tuesday confirmed a COVID-19 outbreak tied to bars and restaurants on Put-in-Bay.

According to the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department and Ottawa County Health Department, at least eight people who visited the island from June 17-21 have tested positive. Health officials said these individuals visited the Commodore Hotel, The Mist and Mr. Ed’s.

“The virus can spread when people are in close proximity to each other and not wearing face coverings,” said Nancy Osborn, Ottawa County health commissioner. “The public must understand the importance of personal responsibility and take the vital steps to protect themselves and others from the unnecessary transmission of COVID-19.”

Both health departments are advising people who were at these establishments June 17-21 to watch for symptoms of the respiratory disease and self-quarantine for 14 days.

People with symptoms, which may develop up to 14 days after exposure, should seek immediate testing for COVID-19. People without symptoms may also request testing.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Fever

If anyone who visited those businesses during the listed time frame does become symptomatic, they are asked to contact their local health department.

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