JACKSON — Over the weekend, an additional lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported in Jackson County, bringing the total to four, as of press time.

On Saturday, April 18, the Jackson County Health Department reported the fourth lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 in Jackson County.

The infected individual, according to the Ohio Department of Health, is a female with an age range of 50-59 with on onset date of April 8, 2020. 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 fourth case is 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.

Other COVID-19 cases in Jackson County, and some general demographics:

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, 2020, 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.

In addition, the Ohio Department of Health had reported a fifth lab-confirmed case of COVID-19 on Sunday, April 19. However, Aston noted this figure is incorrect. He explained that the individual who was associated with the fifth case lived in Jackson County at one point, but has been incarcerated for a period of time outside of Jackson County. Thus, that case counts toward the county in which the inmate is incarcerated.

The ODH recommends for people to stay home, if you do need to go out be sure to practice social (physical) distancing, wear a cloth mask if possible, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and cover your cough or sneeze.

Ohio is under an extended “stay-at-home” order through May 1. If you have questions regarding coronavirus, please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

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