March 15, 2020, Medina, Ohio – The Medina County Health Department has received notice of a confirmed COVID-19 case. The Medina County individual is in their late 60’s and is currently hospitalized. The Ohio Department of Health website will be updated at 2 PM today with the total number of Ohio cases. Medina will be included in these numbers.

“With cases already in Northeast Ohio, it is not surprising to have a confirmed case in Medina County. 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,” said Krista Wasowski, Health Commissioner. “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 our healthcare system. We encourage the community to support our 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% 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

Medinahealth.org or coronavirus.ohio.gov 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 healthcare providers, please remember to follow infection control guidelines and use personal protection equipment. If you have a patient that is displaying signs and symptoms in your office, please provide them with a surgical mask or cover their mouth and nose with some other covering if masks are not available. Contact the health department where the patient resides for guidance on COVID-19 testing.

For Questions from the general public related to COVID-19 call the Ohio Department of Health Call Center - 1-833-4-ASK-ODH, open 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. - Open 7 Days a Week.

The public health mission is to prevent, promote, and protect health. You can trust the Health Department to keep you informed and provide reliable information on what you can do during this outbreak and beyond.

This is the only communication we are releasing at this time due to the time limitations on our staff. Additional information will be communicated through news releases as it becomes available. We are asking our media partners to put out our messages to the public and respect our time as we are working to contain this virus.

The Medina County Health Department has protected your health since 1918. Services are partially supported by your property tax health levy. Equal opportunity provider.