First Case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Reported in Columbus
The Columbus Public Health department issued a statement this afternoon confirming that the first diagnosed cased of COVID-19 Coronavirus has been detected in Columbus.
“This first case of COVID-19 in our community reminds us that we all must take precautions to protect health and stay safe,” stated Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts. “Columbus Public Health will continue to work closely with our local, state and federal partners – and our health care systems — to take all appropriate measures to prevent and contain the spread of the virus.”
The patient is a 49 year old male who recently traveled on a cruise ship in the Caribbean from February 29 to March 5. His symptoms began two days later and he is currently recovering in isolation.
The department of Public Health has been working to alert anyone that the patient has been in contact with to seek testing, treatment and begin self-quarantine. Officials are also asking any Central Ohioans who travelled on Carnival cruise ship Valor during that timeframe to call 614-645-1519.
For more information, visit www.columbus.gov/publichealth/.
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