Archbold, OH

No Coronavirus Cases In Fulton County… Yet

Kim Cupp

Kim Cupp

There are no diagnosed cases of county residents infected with the Coronavirus.

Kim Cupp, FultonCounty Health Commi ssioner, said last week in an email to this newspaper, that the search for the virus “is an ever- changing, information intensive, fluid situation.”

Cupp said specimens have been collected, submitted to a laboratory, and testing completed.

“Those test results have been negative (at this point in time).”

Information from the Ohio Department of Health on Tuesday indicated Ohio has 564 confirmed Coronavirus cases in 49 counties with 145 hospitalizations and eight deaths.

Defiance County reported its first positive test result for the Coronavirus, known as COVID-19, on Friday, March 20.

“The news of a COVID-19 case in our county is not a surprise, as we know there is community spread in Ohio,” said Jamie Gerken, Defiance County Health Commissioner.

Since then, Defiance County has had a second case.

Williams County initially reported a case in a press release on Saturday, March 21, but officials of the Williams County Health Department retracted the statement, saying the subject who tested positive turned out to be a permanent resident of Defiance County.

“While there is no labconfirmed case in Williams County, as of March 21 at 12 pm, the presence of yet another case in close proximity to our area confirms that COVID 19 is likely to be spreading in Williams County,” the press release said.

Cupp said the Fulton County Health Center and other hospitals are where specimens for testing are collected. She said FCHC has a minimal amount of testing supplies.

“Due to the current nationwide shortage of specimen collection and testing supplies, only individuals who are hospitalized, in long-term care, symptomatic healthcare workers, and symptomatic first responders are being considered for testing to inform their care,” she said.

Cupp said if a Fulton County resident tests positive for COVID-19, a press release will be issued.