Second Confirmed COVID-19 Case in Columbus Suggests Community Spread
Columbus Public Health announced the second confirmed
COVID-19 case in Columbus this morning. The patient is a 23-year-old female
with underlying health conditions. She is being treated at a local hospital.
“This patient appears to be our first case of community
acquired – which means the source of the infection is unknown. The patient has
not traveled or been exposed to anyone who has traveled to an area high in
COVID-19 cases,” said Dr. Mysheika Roberts, Columbus Health Commissioner.
“Community spread of COVID-19 reminds us of the necessity of
social distancing,” said Mayor Andrew J. Ginther. “As much as possible,
residents are encouraged to stay home. Basic hygiene is critical: wash your
hands, cover your coughs and sneezes with your arm, stay home if you are sick.”
The first case of COVID-19 in Columbus was announced on
Saturday, March 14. Franklin County has two additional cases, including a
If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your
primary care physician, Columbus
Public Health at 614-645-1519 or Ohio
Department of Health at 1-833-427-5634.