Ross County Confirms First Positive Case of COVID-19

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WOUB) — The first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Ross County.

The Ross County Health District reported the case in a release sent out Monday, March 30. No further information about the case was disclosed by the district.

But Ohio Department of Health data indicates the person was a male in his 50s who has been hospitalized.

Anyone who has been in close contact with this individual will be contacted.

The district’s infectious disease staff are following established guidelines for the investigation of infectious diseases and are communicating daily with the Ohio Department of Health.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed 1,933 positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, March 30 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