A confirmed case of the respiratory virus, COVID-19, has not been announced in Ohio but as of Friday afternoon, but there were 100,647 confirmed cases worldwide, with 80,573 in mainland China. There were 236 people confirmed to sick with the virus in the U.S.
There have been 3,411 deaths and 55,753 people have recovered.
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Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health, said Thursday that test kits have just arrived from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She said the Ohio Department of Health will be ready to start testing by this weekend after a calibrating process. The kits mean results will be available within one or two days for people with cases under investigation.
Having test kits available locally should mean faster turnarounds in securing test results, officials say.
“Having tests available in Ohio is going to make that a much more rapid response for us,” said Clark County Combined Health District Commissioner Charles Patterson.
Three people are being tested for the new coronavirus in Ohio, the Ohio Department of Health said Thursday afternoon. There are no confirmed cases in the state so far.