The Williams County Health Department on Thursday morning officially reported the first lab-tested and confirmed case of COVID-19 found in a Williams County resident.

Currently, the department is seeking to identify any close contacts of the resident who would require testing or monitoring for symptoms of COVD-19.

No personal information about the case will be provided in order to protect the individual’s privacy, department officials stated in a prepared release.

Officials indicated they would be monitoring the patient throughout a 14-day isolation period.

“We are working closely with the Ohio Department of Health, following protocols and guidance in place, to identify close contacts of the individual,” explained Williams County Health Commissioner James Watkins. “These individuals will be instructed to self-quarantine and will be monitored for 14 days.”

“Our focus right now is to support the care of this individual and protect the health of our residents. The news of a COVID-19 case in our county is not a surprise as we know there is community spread in Ohio,” Watkins said.

“We have community interventions in place that are designed to slow transmission in our community while lessening the impact. Our investigation is on-going. Our main goal is to isolate those who are ill, identify close contacts and monitor for illness,” Watkins added.

In the release, the department advocated for several means of slowing its spread, including continued maintaining of social distancing (six feet), continued washing hands for 20 seconds with soap and water “often,” and continued daily cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, including but not limited to, counters, tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, remote controls, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, desks and tablets.

Look for updated local information on COVID-19 in the Saturday edition of The Bryan Times.

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