Second case of COVID-19 confirmed in Columbus; first of community spread in the area

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) –A second case of the COVID-19 has been confirmed in Columbus, according to public health, and it appears to be the first case of community spread in the area.

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According to Columbus Public Health, a 23-year-old female with underlying health conditions is the second confirmed case of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the Columbus area.  

CPH says this case also suggests it is a community spread.  

The patient is being treated, while in isolation, in an area hospital’s intensive care unit.

“This patient appears to be our first case of community acquired – which means the source of the infection is unknown. The patient has not traveled or been exposed to anyone who has traveled to an area high in COVID-19 cases,” said Dr. Mysheika Roberts, Columbus Health Commissioner. 

The first case of COVID-19 in Columbus was announced on Saturday, March 14. Franklin County has two additional cases, including a Columbus firefighter/EMT. 

“Community spread of COVID-19 reminds us of the necessity of social distancing,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “As much as possible, residents are encouraged to stay home. Basic hygiene is critical: wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm, stay home if you are sick.”

Roberts said health officials are reaching out to the second patient’s close contacts, many of whom are the woman’s relatives.

The health commissioner also said that the public should not be surprised to hear of a community spread case, and more are to be expected.

“We’ve been trying to warn the community that this was coming, so we anticipated this coming,” she said. “I don’t think people should be any more concerned today than they were yesterday. I’m hoping that yesterday, they were concerned and they were taking some of the appropriate precautions that everyone from the federal government to the local level has been encouraging them to do.”

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