UC Health has announced the first confirmed COVID-19 cases in Greater Cincinnati. Four patients were seen at UC Health’s West Chester Hospital and treated and released. No further details were given.
COVID-19 UPDATE: UC Health confirms that four patients have tested positive for COVID-19. Initially seen at UC Health’s West Chester Hospital, they have been treated and released. In order to protect patient privacy, no other details will be provided. https://t.co/mVzW8gtAJZ pic.twitter.com/4o5mDRHQP7— UC Health (@uc_health) March 13, 2020
From UC Health's press release about the four confirmed cases:
UC Health is Greater Cincinnati’s leader in emergency preparedness and has been preparing for COVID-19 for several weeks. We have been working with the CDC, the Cincinnati Health Department, EMS, police and fire to closely monitor developments related to COVID-19 and will continue to do so. An internal task force meets daily to discuss patient care, supplies, logistics, emergency management procedures and other necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of our patients, visitors and employees, and our community.
Our physicians, nurses, caregivers, and staff are continuing to take appropriate precautions to protect all patients and staff in accordance with U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
If someone is experiencing symptoms, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath and have experienced some exposure risk factor such as travel or close contact with another sick person, we ask that that person call their physician’s office, or the Ohio Department of Health at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) before visiting an emergency room or a doctor’s office. This line is monitored 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST. As always, if someone requires a true emergency response, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department and upon arrival immediately advise that you believe you are experiencing symptoms before entering a crowded waiting area.