Geauga County Public Health says it has received its first report of COVID-19 in the county. Details about the person’s age and gender were not released.
Due to limited testing, the number of actual cases of coronavirus in Geauga County is probably much higher and more people are spreading the disease than is currently known, the county health department stated in a news release on Monday.
The department noted the number of cases in the county would likely continue to climb as more testing is completed and the virus spreads. Since there is no vaccine for the virus at this time, the department encouraged everyone to follow Gov. Mike DeWine’s recommendations to stop the spread of the virus.
DeWine has ordered the closing of all K-12 schools through April 3, banned public gatherings of more than 100 people excluding religious services until further notice and closed bars and dine-in restaurants in Ohio. People are allowed to order food for carryout at restaurants.
People have also been encouraged to stay home and practice social distancing, staying at least six feet away from other people. Public health officials have also encouraged frequent hand washing.
The Health Department said it strongly supports these measures and encouraged people to work together to save lives, though they acknowledged the challenges and sacrifices that will come with this new normal.