Perry County Reports Second Case of COVID-19

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NEW LEXINGTON, Ohio (WOUB) — The second positive case of COVID-19 in Perry County has been confirmed.

The patient is a 72-year-old man who is now in isolation, according to Perry County Health Commissioner Angela DeRolph. She said no further demographic information will be made available about this case.

Health officials are conducting a contact case investigation to identify others at risk. Those people will be contacted.

The health department is asking residents to presume community spread is occuring statewide and to take steps to reduce that spread.

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed 2,547 positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, April 1 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