(Posted April 1, 2020)
Madison County Public Health (MCPH) has confirmed the first deaths in Madison County from coronavirus (COVID-19). Two individuals in their mid-70’s who tested positive for the virus in March have passed away.
“My entire staff extends our deepest and heartfelt condolences to all the family members in the wake of this tragedy,” said Chris Cook, Madison County health commissioner. “Madison County is a close community. This affects us all. I ask that everyone keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), older adults age 65 years and older are at higher risk for severe illness. COVID-19 is a new disease and more is being learned about it every day. MCPH continues to work with local, state and community partners in order to slow the spread of cases and to encourage those in Madison County to practice social distancing.
“Madison County, my plea is simple: stay home. Stay away from others. Please don’t let your guard down now. COVID-19 is incredibly serious. I’m asking that you drastically change your lifestyle for the time being,” Cook said. “Make only necessary trips out and make them short. Check on your family and neighbors by phone or text during the week. If they are older, keep them at home and make trips out for them.”
MCPH calls all of the close contacts of Madison County confirmed cases. If you do not get a call, then your risk of illness from the positive cases is low. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Other symptoms can also include headache, body aches, abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and lack of appetite. If you have any of these symptoms, you should stay home and isolate yourself to one room and one bathroom for at least 14 days. If symptoms last longer than 14 days, you should stay home for one week after the symptoms completely go away. People with mild illness are encouraged to stay home and care for themselves.
Fear and anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. If you, or someone you care about is feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, call the Disaster Distress Hotline at 1-800-985-5990.
MCPH will continue to provide accurate local data on their website at covid.madisonph.org and on social media (@madisoncountyPH). For more information about COVID-19, contact Madison County Public Health at (740) 852-3065 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 Hotline at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.