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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.

First Responder Shares COVID-19 Story: 'Take It Serious'


Some people who work in manufacturing, distribution or offices will be returning to work Monday, as Ohio's plan to gradually re-open from the coronavirus pandemic continues. Meanwhile, first responders have been busy throughout the crisis, and some have tested positive for COVID-19. 

That's the case for Eric, a medic in Clermont County. We're only using his first name to protect his privacy.  He's now recovered and back to work.  I

WVXU's Jay Hanselman had a chance to talk with him last week.

Interview Highlights

"It felt like I had a sinus infection. It felt like a sinus infection I had a few years ago. I had no cough, no respiratory symptoms,  no shortness of breath."

"As soon as I started having symptoms, I was isolated - out of work and stuff like that. I think I got tested on a Monday and the results were back on Thursday. ... I was fever-free for 30 hours before I tested positive."

"I did not have really any symptoms that made me feel really ill. The wife on the other hand, she was really short of breath and had a lot of difficutly just doing general tasks throughout the day in the height of her sickness."

Editor's note: Eric shared when we stopped recording, after the illness he lost his sense of smell even for really strong odors.  He says he's hoping that's just temporary.

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.