Warren County has five confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, according to Health Commissioner Duane Stansbury.
“We’re at five cases now in Warren County,” Stansbury said Monday.
The county added a third case on Sunday and two more Monday when the latest statewide results were announced at 2 p.m., Stansbury added.
Stansbury was unable to say the gender or age range of the new cases.
On Thursday, the county health department issued a press release after Warren County’s first case was confirmed.
“The patient is a male in his 40s. He is currently in isolation at home. Out of respect for the patient’s privacy, no additional identifying information will be released,” according to a press release.
“Warren County Health District (WCHD) will monitor the patient during his isolation. We will be in daily contact with him and as needed with our partners at the Ohio Department of Health. We are taking every precaution to stop the spread of this virus.”
On Friday the health district announced a second confirmed positive coronavirus, or COVID-19, case in Warren County.
“The patient is a female in her 50s. She is currently in isolation at home. Out of respect for the patient’s privacy, no additional identifying information will be released,” according to the statement, virtually identical to Thursday’s.
On Monday, Stansbury said the department had decided not to make press releases as new cases were confirmed.
Stansbury said the department was focused on testing, urging residents to protecting themselves and publicizing the governor’s orders on COVID-19 developments.
Stansbury said the county web site would update the number of county case after 2 p.m. statewide updates, but other information in press releases was not “significant information.”
He said the fact that five of 230,000 county residents had tested positive was “too small a sample.”
“There’s no statistical significance,” Standsbury added. “There is no significance to those statistics.”
In addition to social distancing, the Warren County Health District recommended:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or allow to air dry.
• Use at least 60 percent alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
• Cover your mouth with a tissue or cough into your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
• Avoid touching your eyes, noses, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Avoid contact with people who are sick. Stay at least 6 feet away from each other.
• Clean “high-touch” surfaces often. These include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, desks, and tablets.
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