MEDINA – The Medina County Health Department has received notice of a confirmed COVID-19 case. The Medina County individual is in their late 60s and is currently hospitalized. Check the Ohio Department of Health website daily for update numbers of cases confirmed.

“With cases already in Northeast Ohio, it is not surprising to have a confirmed case in Medina County," said Krista Wasowski, health commissioner. "Future cases are anticipated. I need to assure you that public health is using all our available resources to reduce the impact of this disease. While the situation is concerning, it is important for all citizens to understand what steps they can take to reduce the spread of illness.”

The majority of people with COVID-19 will experience mild or moderate symptoms. Testing is not necessary and self-care is recommended. Tylenol or acetaminophen can be used for fever and cough medicine for coughs.

As a reminder, the health department does not conduct COVID-19 testing. Testing of the general public is not available. It is based on a number of clinical guidelines and requires recommendation of a physician.

As part of efforts to stem the spread of the virus, the state of Ohio has implemented multiple preventive measures including closing schools, limiting mass gatherings, encouraging proper cleaning and handwashing, etc., to help reduce the impact of coronavirus. These measures will slow the spread of the virus and will reduce the impact on the health care system. MCHD encourages the community to support efforts of reducing the spread of COVID-19 by practicing the following recommendations:

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick;

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;

• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water are not available;

• Stay home when you are sick;

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash;

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. or has the latest real-time information. This website will also contain responses to community questions. You can also follow the Health Department on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

For Questions from the general public related to COVID-19 call the Ohio Department of Health Call Center - 1-833-4-ASK-ODH, open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

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