COLUMBUS, Ohio – Officials with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) said a possible novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) case is being investigated in the state.
Samples from the patient have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for testing. Results are expected in the coming days.
ODH said a local health department has been working with state officials to monitor the person and their contacts.
“This is part of public health’s ever-present work to balance public interest with the privacy rights of our individual citizens,” said Amy Acton, MD, MPH, director of ODH. “We are committed to ensuring they receive proper, compassionate care and to preventing any possible spread of infectious disease.”
ODH did not provide details on where the possible case is or information on who may be infected.
Acton reminded Ohioans to guard against letting fear or panic guide their actions and to be compassionate toward all people who are sick.
“Ohioans are known for treating one another, as well as visitors, with acceptance, respect, and understanding,” Acton said. “Whether someone is ill or well, a traveler or not, they deserve to be afforded the same kindness. Please keep this in mind as we learn more about 2019 novel coronavirus.”