Fairfield County Confirms First COVID-19 Case

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LANCASTER, Ohio – Fairfield County reported its first positive case of the Coronavirus Tuesday.

According to a news release from the Fairfield County Health Department (FDH), the person is being isolated. The release goes on to include, “FDH is working to identify close contacts of this resident and will contact anyone who would require testing or monitoring for symptoms of COVID-19.”

FDH, Fairfield Medical Center, and community partners are monitoring the situation and working closely with the Ohio Department of Health to prepare for and respond to this situation.

The news release indicates that FDH will provide “appropriate information to the public as it becomes available.”

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed 442 cases of COVID-19 on Monday, March 24 at 2 p.m.

The DOH makes the following recommendations to protect yourself from illness:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; dry hands with a clean towel or air dry hands.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

Ohio’s coronavirus call center is open to answer questions from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The hotline number is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH or 1-833-427-5634. More information is available at