A Wood County couple has been diagnosed with coronavirus, according to the health commissioner.
The two residents are a couple in their 60s, who had traveled to Europe, said Ben Batey.
Rossford Mayor Neil MacKinnon, said that the couple is from the city.
“Two Rossford residents in their 60s have tested positive for coronavirus after traveling internationally. I’m told upon returning home they both self quarantined at home and only left the house to go through a testing drive-thru,” MacKinnon said in a Facebook post.
Batey also said that the couple hasn’t had any contact with the outside world.
“When they came back, they were already isolated, the minute they came home,” he said.
They have been self quarantined in their home and do not need to be hospitalized.
“We have been diligently following up with them and they are recovering at home,” Batey said.
The announcement was made Sunday in a Facebook Live post, adhering to social distancing guidelines, he said. The media will be able to ask questions in conference call later this afternoon.
This is the time to not go out, Batey said, emphasizing “sheltering in place.”
“We’re really asking you to stay home, if at all possible,” he said.
Those who are more impacted by COVID-19 need the health services.
Batey emphasized washing hands, disinfecting surfaces and staying home if you’re sick.
“You can overcome just being at home, perfectly fine, without need for invasive medical care,” Batey said.
During the post, Jeff Klein, director of the Wood County Emergency Management Agency, issued a call for supplies.
“If have you supplies that you are able to donate, please reach out,” Klein said.
This is the health department's press release:
Positive tests were recorded in a couple in their 60s who live in Wood County and recently traveled to Europe. The two people have been isolated at home since their return to the United States. They are currently recovering at home.
Individual cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been confirmed in different areas of Ohio, including Northwest Ohio. The virus is believed to be present in many areas of the state, even if those counties have not yet tested a person confirmed to have COVID-19.
No additional information about the two Wood County residents will be provided in order to protect their privacy.
A video statement about the cases and what Wood County residents can do to stay safe and help can be seen on the health department’s Facebook page, and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/EXZ1XNg4nOE.
Ohio has taken wide actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and reduce its impact on the health care system. Orders and guidance from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, along with recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and local health departments, outline how people should work, attend school and conduct business.
For information on COVID-19 including ways you can prepare and help protect the health of yourself and others, go to www.coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). Information and resources are also available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.coronavirus.gov.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, dry cough and shortness of breath. Those at greatest risk for severe illness are older people and those with other health problems or compromised immune systems. Although younger people may be less likely to experience severe illness, everyone can get sick with COVID-19 and spread the virus to other people.