(WKBN) – The Ohio Department of Health is now monitoring five people in the state for possible exposure to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The ODH website defines a person under investigation as someone showing symptoms of respiratory illness and within 14 days of symptoms starting, either traveled to China or been in close contact with someone known to have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
There are currently no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ohio. According to the ODH website, seven people have previously been under investigation, all of whom tested negative.
There are 255 people from Ohio that are under “health supervision.” Those are individuals that have been referred to the Ohio Department of Health for monitoring and included travelers who have completed their self-monitoring period. Those individuals are not exhibiting symptoms of illness.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 13 states have reported cases of COVID-19. There have been 10 confirmed deaths in the U.S.
The updated information was provided Thursday afternoon.