Pickaway Confirms 12th COVID 19 Case, while Ross & Highland Now at 2 Each

Pickaway County continues to lead the pack of rural counties in the Scioto Valley area, confirming their 12 COVID-19 patient on Tuesday afternoon. It was not reported by the Pickaway Health Department as to what the condition of each patient was.

Ross County and Highland County each confirmed their second cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

EMA Officials in Highland County reported at second case of COVID-19 in the county today, Tuesday, March 31st. Branden Jackman, Public Information Officer Highland County Emergency Operations Center, issued to following release late Tuesday afternoon:

We were informed today of a second case of Coronavirus in Highland County. The female is in her 40’s, is resting at home, and is in self-isolation. This is a community acquired case. Your Highland County Health Department will be in contact daily with the individual to track their symptoms and condition.

As of 3/31/2020, there are 2,199 confirmed cases in the state of Ohio with 585 of those cases requiring hospitalization. Now more than ever, it is time to observe physical/social distancing to flatten the curve on COVID-19, wash your hands, cover your cough, stay at home, and don’t touch your face.

There’s an interesting website that tracks the average distances we travel daily. This is done by collecting information from the GPS in our phones. This information is being used to grade people on whether they are adhering to the stay at home order and observing the social distancing. As a whole, the United States has a grade of an A, which means the average distance traveled has decreased by greater than 40%. Ohio, on the other hand, has a grade of C, which means there was a 20-30% decrease in average distance traveled. Highland county received the same grade of C.

I know Highland County can do better to help flatten the curve. Just before the stay at home order was issued, Highland countians decreased average distance traveled by 43%, but has slipped to where we are at only a 25% reduction as of March 26th. We all need to do our part to only go out for essentials, practice physical/social distancing, stay home if you are sick, wash those hands, and cover your cough.

I’ve included links to the above data and also to some websites that we have been using at the Highland County Emergency Operations Center.

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