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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Hamilton County Confirms Two Cases Of COVID-19


Hamilton County officials have confirmed the county has two positive cases of the COVID-19 virus.

Officials announced the test results Thursday.

Interim County Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman confirmed the second during a county commission meeting. He described that patient as a male in his 60s, who's hospitalized with severe symptoms.

The first case announced earlier Thursday is a patient in her 20s, who was tested at UC Hospital in West Chester.  She is not a Hamilton County resident, but flew here to visit family.

"This individual is a New York resident," Kesterman said. "And for this reason, when you look at Ohio's numbers today this patient will not be included in those numbers, because they will be tracked in New York.  This individual is actually living at home with family (in the county) at this time."

Dr. Steve Feagins with UC Health said the patient contacted them about a cough, fever and fatigue.  He said she had been in the county for one day when her symptoms started.

Feagins praised the patient and the family for doing all the right things including self-isolating.

"In fact, staying in the room, the family bringing the food to the patient really kind of doing things in the room has not left the room and the family has self-quarantined, including some extended family," Feagins said. "That self-quarantine based on exactly on the recommendations."

Feagins also said the patient was not exhibiting symptoms on the airplane during her trip to Cincinnati.

The patient did not have outside contact with people besides her family.

Officials said she mostly likely contracted COVID-19 in New York.

County Commission President Denise Driehaus said there will be more positive test results in the county. She said the message is the same today as it was yesterday.

"Limit unnecessary trips out of the house," Driehaus said. "Practice good hygiene, work from home or take time off if you can. If you feel sick or have a fever, stay home. If your symptoms are severe enough to cause concern, call ahead to your primary care doctor or urgent care."

The Hamilton County Health Department will have daily contact with both patients.

Jay Hanselman brings more than 10 years experience as a news anchor and reporter to 91.7 WVXU. He came to WVXU from WNKU, where he hosted the local broadcast of All Things Considered. Hanselman has been recognized for his reporting by the Kentucky AP Broadcasters Association, the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and the Ohio AP Broadcasters.