The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, May. 29, 2020

Coronavirus cases reported in vicinity

VW independent/submitted information

There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Van Wert County, according to Friday’s update by the Van Wert County Health District. The state of Ohio currently has reported 169 cases in 28 counties, and the first death resulting from COVID- 19 was reported Friday in Lucas County. 

Also Friday, a confirmed case was reported in Defiance County, and there have also been cases reported in Adams and Allen counties in Indiana. 

Although are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time in Van Wert County, that does not mean the illness is not in the community. Testing is not readily available and, at this time, only hospitalized patients and healthcare workers and those working in the medical field with potential exposures will be tested.

County residents need to do their part to spread the slow of the spread of the illness by practicing social distancing, if possible. Work from home when possible and avoid unnecessary travel, shopping trips, social visits, and gatherings of more than 10 people. 

Those who are still working should do their part to help slow the spread of the disease by: 

  • Checking their temperature every day prior to going to work if their employer is not providing that screening.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover their mouth/nose with a tissue or their sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

The Ohio Department of Health has opened a call center to answer questions regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). The call center will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and can be reached at 833.4.ASK.ODH/833.427.5634). 

POSTED: 03/20/20 at 4:23 pm. FILED UNDER: News