Four states report first cases of COVID-19 coronavirus

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Kentucky, Indiana, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania have reported their first cases of COVID-19 coronavirus, while a second state, South Carolina, announced it is investigating two possible cases of the virus. 

Saturday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton M.D., MPH announced the state can now test for coronavirus, and laid out the plan to help limit the number of cases and reduce the spread of the virus. As of Saturday afternoon, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio, and 5 people are under investigation.

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear says the state now has its first confirmed case of coronavirus. WEHT reported. Beshear says the individual is in Lexington. That person is in a medical facility being treated in isolation.

According to WTTV, Indiana State Health Commissioner Kristina Box said the case involved a male individual who traveled to Boston and interacted with people who had been exposed to coronavirus. The individual, a Marion County, Indiana, resident, tested positive for the virus. 

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Friday confirmed the first two presumptive positive cases of 2019 Novel COVID-19 coronavirus in that state, reports WBRE

One individual is an adult from Wayne County, Pennsylvania, and is currently in their home in isolation. The individual recently traveled to a country where COVID-19 is present. 

The other individual is from an adult from Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and is currently in their home in isolation. The individual recently traveled to an area of the United States where COVID-19 is present. 

In a news conference, Hawaii Gov. David Ige and Department of Health officials confirmed Hawaii’s first case of COVID-19.

The person infected is a Hawaii resident who was a passenger aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship that docked in Hawaii in late February. As of now, there have been 21 cases of coronavirus from the cruise ship.

In South Carolina, the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control announced it is investigating two possible cases of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

Health officials say the presumptive positive cases are not linked.

One case is located in Kershaw County and one case is located in Charleston County.  

One patient is an elderly adult female from Kershaw County who has been hospitalized and is in isolation, DHEC said in a release.

A second patient is an adult female from Charleston County who recently traveled to France and Italy. The patient did not require hospitalization and is self-isolated at home.

To date, there are nearly 100,000 cases worldwide, including more than 3,300 deaths. 

There are still no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio.

Earlier Friday, the Ohio Department of Health announced it was opening a call center to answer questions regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus.  

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