JACKSON — Cases of COVID-19 continues to spread across the state of Ohio, however, no cases have turned up positive in Jackson County.

Jackson County Health Commissioner Kevin Aston told The Courier that there have been a total of three Jackson County residents under investigation for potential infection of COVID-19.

On Friday, March 13, The Courier learned that two residents were under investigation for potential infection of COVID-19. The following day, Aston told the media, that the two residents that were under investigation had tested negative.

During that call with Aston on Saturday, March 14, The Courier learned that a third potential case was pending lab results.

Aston explained that the three Jackson County residents each were suffering from a severe upper respiratory illness. Other tests or examinations, such as flu swab, had came back negative, so COVID-19 testing was performed. Aston also said that the three cases are not connected or related. The individuals have not traveled out of the country.

On Friday, March 13, Aston joined public officials, and healthcare providers from across Jackson County at the Jackson County Health Department to begin to coordinate a response to the COVID-19 situation.

During that meeting, the process for local lab collection for COVID-19 was explained by infection control professionals who are organizing the screening at the county’s designated collection site — Holzer Medical Center – Jackson.

As of Tuesday, March 16, according to the Ohio Department of Health, there are now a total of 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio. There are no deaths from the virus reported in Ohio yet.

“This should not alarm anyone, and we predicted that this would happen,” said Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. “Many people have COVID-19, but don’t know they have it, and may never know they have it. That is the nature of this problem.”

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