For 11 days straight, Vinton County was the only county in Ohio to have no confirmed cases of coronavirus.

The streak ended over the weekend, and Vinton County now has three confirmed cases of the virus.

The Vinton County Health Department (VCHD) reported two confirmed cases for COVID-19 in Vinton County residents on Saturday, April 25. Both individuals were contacts of a positive out-of-county case. VCHD reported its third confirmed case of the virus on April 27.

Vinton was the last remaining county in Ohio to have zero confirmed cases. The new confirmed cases for the county were not reflected on the Ohio Department of Health’s website, which tracks all cases and fatalities across the state, until April 28.

According to the county’s health department, 35 COVID-19 tests have come back negative. Six tests are pending results at this time in the county.

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

The health department stated that demographic information about the confirmed cases will not be released “in order to protect the privacy of these individuals.”

COVID-19 can cause mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms generally appear within 2 to 14 days of exposure.

Most people who become sick do not require hospitalization, but older adults, people with chronic health conditions, and people with compromised immune systems are more likely to require more advanced care.

The health department encourages the community to support our efforts of reducing the spread of COVID-19 by practicing the following recommendations:

  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash hands often with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water is not available.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces.
  • Clean and disinfect “high-touch” surfaces often.
  • Call before visiting your doctor.
  • Practice good hygiene habits.

The health department does not conduct COVID-19 testing. Testing of the general public is not available.

More information about the virus can be found on coronavirus.ohio.gov.

sdawes@vintoncourier.com;

@sydneydawes_95

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