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Community Spread Suggested in Columbus with Second Confirmed Case

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Community Spread Suggested in Columbus with Second Confirmed Case
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On Tuesday, March 17, Columbus Public Health announced the second confirmed COVID-19 case in Columbus. The patient has been identified as a 23-year-old female with underlying health conditions. She is being treated at a local hospital.

“This patient appears to be our first case of community-acquired [COVID-19] — which means the source of the infection is unknown. The patient has not traveled or been exposed to anyone who has traveled to an area high in COVID-19 cases,” said Columbus Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts.

“Community spread of COVID-19 reminds us of the necessity of social distancing,” said Mayor Andrew Ginther. “As much as possible, residents are encouraged to stay home. Basic hygiene is critical: wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm, stay home if you are sick.”

The first case of COVID-19 in Columbus was announced on Saturday. Franklin County has two additional cases, including a Columbus firefighter/EMT.

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your primary care physician. If you are without a primary care physician, contact Columbus Public Health at www.columbus.gov/coronavirus or by phone at 614-645-1519.

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