Wyandot County confirms first COVID-19 case

UPPER SANDUSKY — A 68-year-old resident has tested positive for COVID-19, becoming Wyandot County’s first confirmed case, according to the Wyandot County Public Health website.

“This comes as no surprise” said Dr. Keri Harris, Wyandot County health commissioner in an online report. “We have been watching the spread of COVID-19 disease statewide through lab-confirmed cases. Locally, we have suspected coronavirus activity, however, limited testing has made it difficult to confirm.”

Harris said many tests still are pending.

“We have many tests still pending,” she said. “The medical community is working closely together to prepare for, and respond to, future cases.”

Harris encouraged people to stay home.

“If you cannot stay home, use social distancing and frequent handwashing to slow the spread of the disease, which will ultimately allow the healthcare system to properly manage those affected by this outbreak,” she said.

Seneca County reported its first case Monday. With the addition of Wyandot, all neighboring counties now have confirmed cases of the virus: Crawford (1), Hancock (1), Huron (2), Sandusky (1) and Wood (3).

Wednesday’s report from the Ohio Department of Health website showed 10 deaths in Ohio: Cuyahoga (2), Erie (1), Franklin (2), Gallia (1), Lucas (1), Miami (1) and Stark (2).

Statewide, 704 cases have been confirmed, an increase from 564 Tuesday, 442 Monday, 351 Sunday and 247 Saturday.

Fifty-six counties have confirmed cases, with the addition of Wyandot County, which is not yet on the state list: Ashland (1), Ashtabula (3), Belmont (3), Butler (18), Carroll (3), Champaign (1), Clark (2), Clermont (5), Clinton (2), Columbiana (4), Coshocton (4), Crawford (1), Cuyahoga (206), Darke (1), Defiance (2), Delaware (12), Erie (2), Fairfield (5), Fayette (1), Franklin (88), Gallia (1), Geauga (4), Greene (3), Hamilton (48), Hancock (1), Highland (1), Huron (2), Knox (2), Lake (14), Lawrence (1), Licking (3), Logan (2), Lorain (37), Lucas (23), Madison (2), Mahoning (42), Marion (4), Medina (22), Mercer (1), Miami (19), Montgomery (14), Pickaway (1), Portage (4), Richland (4), Sandusky (1), Seneca (1), Stark (12), Summit (43), Trumbull (9), Tuscarawas (3), Union (3), Warren (8), Washington (1), Wayne (1) and Wood (3).

The statewide report added more statistics Wednesday.

People hospitalized totaled 182 Wednesday, with 75 of them in intensive care units. The number of people hospitalized statewide Tuesday was 145, compared to 104 Monday, 83 Sunday and 58 Saturday.

Overall, 53% of people with the illness are male and 47% are female. The age range of confirmed cases is younger than 1 to age 94 with the median age being 51.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control website reported 54,453 and 737 deaths, compared to 44,183 cases Tuesday and 544 deaths. Statistics are from all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and U.S. Virgin Islands. More than 30,000 U.S. cases are in New York, according to Coronavirus Dashboard (ncov2019.live/data) website.

Worldwide, the Coronavirus Dashboard reported 438,600 confirmed cases, an increase from 410,000 Tuesday and 363,470 cases Monday.

Of the total, more than 20,000 people have reportedly died, up from 18,000 Tuesday and 16,000 Monday.

The number of cases deemed serious Wednesday was 12,600, compared to 11,000 on Tuesday and 10,700 Monday.

The site reported 108,000 people have recovered.

Of the 195 countries in the world, the website states 184 are infected, which is the same number as Tuesday.

The health departments of Seneca and Wyandot counties continue to recommend:

• Staying home

• Practicing social distancing

• Getting adequate sleep and eating well-balanced meals

• Washing hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or longer

• Drying hands with a clean towel, or air drying hands

• Covering mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing

• Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces

• Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces often

• Calling before visiting a doctor or other medical facility

• Practicing good hygiene

For further guidelines and information, visit these websites:

ODH Information Line, (833) 4 ASK ODH

State website – https://coronavirus.ohio.gov

National website – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html