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Defiance County Announces First Coronavirus CaseFree Access

The Defiance County General General Health District (DCGHD) reported Friday, March 20, the first positive test result for the Coronavairus Disease (COVID-19). DCGHD,  along with hospitals, healthcare providers and community partners have been actively preparing to respond to possible cases of COVID-19 in our community.

This is the first positive COVID-19 test result for Defiance County. DCGHD is working to identify any close contact of this resident who would require testing or monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.

“We are working closely with the Ohio Department of Health, following protocols and guidance in place, to identify close contacts of this individual.

“These individuals will be instructed to self-quarantine and will be monitored for 14 days,” said Jamie Gerken, Defiance County health commissioner.

“Our focus right now is to support the care of this individual and protect the health of our residents.

“The news of a COVID-19 case in our county is not a surprise as we know there is community spread in Ohio. We have community interventions in place that are designed to slow transmi9ssion in our community while lessening the impact.

“Our main goal is to isolate those who are ill, identify close contacts and monitor for illness,” Gerken said.–posted 3:09 pm 3.20.19