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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus health officials say 25 people are being tested for COVID-19 coronavirus in Columbus and Worthington.
13 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are confirmed in Ohio as of Friday afternoon.
Mayor Andrew Ginther and Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts held a news conference to update on the implementation of state issued guidance and additional preparedness steps being taken by Columbus Public Health.
According to Dr. Roberts, 25 people in Columbus and Worthington are being tested for the virus. Three of those are being tested by the Ohio Department of Health and 22 by private labs. No positive cases have been returned as of Friday morning.
By the end of next week, Dr. Roberts expects all hospitals in central Ohio will have multiple locations where people can get tested with a doctor’s order.
Dr. Roberts announced the Columbus Board of Health will meet Friday afternoon to vote to declare a local public health emergency.
The order would allow for the quarantine and isolation of individuals, including city employees. It would also allow for police enforcement of those quarantines. It would also allow for the health department to control entry and exit from public areas to prevent hotspots in buildings or neighborhoods.
Mayor Ginther says he has the power to make an emergency declaration in the city, but does not intend to do so at this time.
The mayor also announced he is suspending city water and electric shut offs during the public health emergency.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced Thursday that a fifth case of the COVID-19 coronavirus had been confirmed in the state.
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