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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.

Cincinnati, Clermont County Announce First COVID-19 Cases

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Bill Rinehart
A usually busy Race Street in Cincinnati was vacant in mid-March due to government directives for people to stay home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

A woman in her 60s is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Clermont County. The county's public health agency made the announcement Friday evening.The woman is not hospitalized and doesn't have a travel history or known exposure to another confirmed case, Clermont County Public Health says in a statement.

"Following protocol set by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), our nursing staff has been in contact with the individual since we were notified of the positive test result," said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit. "We have been working with the individual to identify people who she has come in contact with and are advising those individuals to self-quarantine for 14 days."

The news comes the same day as Ohio announced the state's first death caused by COVID-19 and Cincinnati announced the first positive test results from city health clinics.

Two men and one woman, ranging from 31-70 years old, are home in quarantine and recovering, Cincinnati officials said. The names of the hospitals providing care are not being released.

"It's clearly here," said Mayor John Cranley. "We know that there are insufficient tests to cover and test everybody who would want testing and ideally would get testing. We continue to ask for additional tests."

Here's a look at Ohio's numbers as of 2 p.m. Friday, which includes seven cases in Hamilton County and 12 in Butler County. It does not include the Clermont County case.

Credit State of Ohio

Gov. Mike DeWine is urging Ohioans to stay home as much as possible and practice social distancing in order to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Clermont County Public Health reminds people to:

  • Stay at home if you are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently
  • Practice social distancing and try to keep six feet away from people when in public places
  • Stay at home when you are sick
  • Contact your doctor by phone if you are sick to rule out other illnesses and determine if COVID-19 testing is necessary

"The changes we are making to our lifestyle may be a temporary inconvenience but they are for the greater good of our community," said Nesbit.

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