JACKSON — The Courier learned from Jackson County Health Commissioner Kevin Aston on Saturday, March 14, that the two residents that were under investigation for potential infection of coronavirus (COVID-19) have tested negative.

“We’re still waiting on pending lab results for a third one,” Aston said.

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 testing for COVID-19 was explained by infection control professionals who are organizing the screening and lab testing at the county’s designated testing site, which is Holzer Medical Center – Jackson.

As of Saturday, March 14, according to the Ohio Department of Health, there are now a total of 26 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio. There are 85 negative cases, and 264 pending cases in Ohio. Of the 26 positive cases, people range in ages 31 to 86. Affected are 12 females and 14 males. Of those 26 cases, seven people are hospitalized.There are no deaths from the virus 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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