COLUMBUS (WCMH) — There is a second confirmed case of COVID-19 from Trumbull County, according to the director of the Ohio Department of Health.
The Trumbull County Health Department is in contact with the state and is following proper procedures and acting promptly to respond to this new case, according to Sen. Sean O’Brien.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine held a press conference with the latest information on the coronavirus pandemic.
As of Saturday at 2 p.m., there are 26 cases of COVID-19 in Ohio. 264 people are under investigation. Updated totals are released at 2 p.m. daily.
Doctor Amy Acton of the Ohio Department of Health talked about the rising number of Coronavirus cases while Governor DeWine talked about the severity of the issue.
“Twice as contagious as the flu, and we all know that the flu is very, very contagious. It’s also 20 times more deadly,” he said.
Cases range in age from 31 to 86 with a mean age of 53. Twelve are female and 14 are male. There have been seven hospitalizations.
There are cases in the following counties:
- Belmont – 2
- Butler – 4
- Cuyahoga – 11
- Franklin – 1
- Lorain – 1
- Stark – 3
- Summit – 2
- Trumbull – 2
The state’s call center has received more than 18,000 calls, 1,400 so far Saturday.
Governor DeWine urged parents to take children out of daycare if possible because social distance at daycares is pretty much impossible.
The USDA approved two waiver requests from the state to keep school breakfast and lunch programs going while schools are closed. Schools will be able to provide ‘grab and go’ meals to ensure no child goes hungry while school is out.
The story from Lori Criss of Ohio’s Mental Health and Addiction services showed one way of how the closing of schools and the outlawing of large gatherins has affect lives.
She had other ways people can reduce stress–use trusted sources, look for support in cases of too much stress and limit media exposure.
“Plan time to catch up and stay informed, but also plan time to step away from it so that you can participate in your normal life activities,” Criss said.
The state is not closing daycare centers at this point. DeWine says it could happen and wants families to be ready.
“People need to start thinking about alternatives,” said DeWine.
DeWine announced Friday that jails and prisons will no longer allow visitors. He is asking for more protocols to keep sick people away.
“I’ve heard words like we’re flying blindly,” said Dr. Acton. “We are not flying blindly. We have science behind us. We have pandemic plans.”
Dr. Acton also talked about a shortage of surgical masks and how everyone needs to conserve them. One way is to postpone all elective surgeries.
There are only a limited amount of test kits available, so a referral for a test must first come from a primary care physician.
DeWine also reminded everyone that fatigue will eventually set in.
“But I think we have to get our head wrapped around that this is not a sprint. This resembles more of like a two mile race, 10,000 meters, whatever analogy you want to make. Maybe not a marathon, but it’s going to be a while,” he said.
There will be no briefing from the governor on Sunday, March 15, unless there is an emergency.
The next briefing will be Monday, most likely at 2 p.m.