COVID-19 Active Case Reported by Health Department
POMEROY, Ohio – The Meigs County Health Department (MCHD) is reporting a third active case of COVID-19 in the county. This is Meigs Counties ninth case (8 Confirmed, 1 Probable) since April. The patient is a male in the 30 to 39-year-old age range and is not hospitalized. The patient has also reported recent travel to South Carolina. The health department stated they are unable to confirm if the virus was contracted while on his trip at this time.
In a statement from the Meigs County Health Department, “At this time, we please ask residents to refrain from calling the Health Department for questions regarding this case while we continue our disease investigation and notify relevant individuals. The case and individuals identified as contacts of the case will be advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. The community will notice our numbers are slightly different than previously reported. This is due to a change made by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to the recent probable case who had antibody testing completed. ODH advised us the case did not meet the guidelines to be a probable case therefore it would not count as a probable in our county’s numbers. With this decision the MCHD has decided to report the number of positive antibody test reported to our office on our website, and social media pages. This will allow the community to see the number of individuals who have the antibody’s for COVID-19 but do not meet the states criteria for being a confirmed or probable case. These tests can be used as a tool to show the number of individuals who may have had this type of coronavirus and may have not shown the symptoms, or were not diagnosed by a provider at the time they were ill. We urge residents to continue to follow federal, state, and local guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”