Lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 continues to add up across the state of Ohio, as the total reaches over 20,000. Locally, confirmed case counts remain low as many practice Ohio Department of Health recommendations.

Jackson County

Jackson County went about two weeks before reporting a new lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 bringing the total to five, then two days later (May 4) a sixth case was confirmed.

On Saturday, May 2, the Jackson County Health Department reported a fifth case lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in Jackson County.

The infected individual, according to the Ohio Department of Health, is a male with an age range of 40-49 with on onset date of April 29, 2020. The male is self-quarantined at home.

Two day later, on May 4, the Jackson County Health Department reported a sixth lab-confirmed case.

The infected individual, according to the Ohio Department of Health, is a female with an age range of 40-49 with on onset date of April 18. The female is also self-quarantined at home.

“We ask citizens to refrain from calling the health department for questions regarding these cases,” stated Jackson County Health Commissioner Kevin Aston. “The JCHD will not be releasing any information that could be used to identify the cases to protect their privacy.”

It is unknown if the fifth and sixth cases are connected to the other cases or not. Aston had previously told The Courier that he wouldn’t be confirming whether or not the individuals had or hadn’t been in contact with each other.

  • Fourth Case: Female, age range 50-59, onset date of April 8, confirmed/announced on April 18
  • Third Case: Female, age range 50-59, onset date of April 4, confirmed/announced on April 14 (example of household contact with another lab-confirmed case)
  • Second Case: Female, age range 70-79, onset date of April 1, confirmed/announced on April 8
  • First Case: Male, age range 60-69, onset date of March 31, 2020, confirmed/announced on April 7

Aston reported during a Jackson County Commissioner meeting on Tuesday, April 21, that some lab-confirmed cases and some case contacts have successfully completed their quarantine period and are recovering. However, Aston did not provide further details.

Vinton County

Vinton County was for a time the only county in the state without any confirmed cases of the virus: now it has eight confirmed cases, according to the Vinton County Health Department.

The first two cases were confirmed on April 25.The Vinton County Health Department (VCHD) reported two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Vinton County residents. Both individuals were contacts of a positive out of county case.

The Vinton County Health Department (VCHD) reported two confirmed cases for COVID-19 in Vinton County residents.

Both individuals were contacts of a positive out of county case.

“We have contacted the patients and the individuals potentially exposed and they have been given instructions to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms,” the health department stated at the time.

VCHD also noted that it will be in contact daily with these individuals for monitoring of temperatures and symptoms.

The county’s health department did not provide demographic information of the cases initially “in order to protect the privacy of these individuals.”

However, VCHD has announced other information in regard to COVID-19 cases in the county. As of 2 p.m. May 5, 49 tests for the virus in county residents came back negative. No tests are pending results at this time.

The county’s health department also reported two recoveries out of the confirmed cases in Vinton County.

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