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Jefferson County reports first virus case

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Jefferson County reports first virus case

STEUBENVILLE — Jefferson County has its first reported case of COVID-19.

County health officials said a 61-year-old woman was found to have the disease on Wednesday after being tested for it on March 19.

At a press conference Wednesday, Jefferson County Health Commissioner Nicole Balakos declined to identify the community in which the woman lives.

Balakos said, “We will not be releasing any additional demographic information relating to these cases. We want to protect the privacy of the individuals during this time. The Jefferson County General Health District is contacting anyone who was in close contact with the individual with instructions on actions to be taken.”

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She said the woman had traveled to another Ohio county with a high incidence of the virus, but she declined to identify it because it’s not been confirmed that is where she contracted it.

Hannah Piko, director of nursing for the health department, said the woman presented symptoms of the disease on March 11 and was referred by a physician for testing.

Piko said the woman has self-quarantined and on Wednesday appeared to be feeling better.She said the woman doesn’t suffer from chronic respiratory conditions.Balakos said following a recommendation by the Ohio Department of Health, there are no plans to announce future positive cases.She said discovery of the case doesn’t come as a surprise but should serve as a reminder to residents to take necessary precautions to protect the health of themselves and their families.“It is imperative that residents comply with the Stay at Home Order issued on Sunday by Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health,” Balakos said.She added, “We all must remain diligent to […]

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