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Media Advisory
News Date: March 17, 2020

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 Columbus firefighter/EMT.

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.