Coronavirus: ‘We have cases, no question we have cases,’ health commissioner says

The key to controlling the spread of the coronavirus is to stay home if you are sick, and for all members of a household where someone is sick to also stay home.

Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County officials and key community leaders gave updates during a daily press conference.

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“For Montgomery County we have cases, no question we have cases. We do not have laboratory confirmed cases, but there are cases of coronavirus COVID-19 infection in our community,” Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper said. “We understand that and the strategies we’re using now is to control the spread of that virus.”

Cooper said it is critical that every person follow the orders and guidelines imposed by Gov. Mike DeWine to stay home and limit errands to ones that are necessary.

“If you’re sick, stay home,” Cooper said, noting that also means family members of those who are sick also must remain home.

If symptoms worsen, Cooper said to call your doctor and that test kits will be reserved for those most in need.

Public Health also announced that it is suspending in-person service for birth and death records, but they can be made online.

New information that came out earlier Wednesday is that a veteran who is a patient at the VA Medical Center in Dayton tested positive for the coronavirus. The veteran is a Clark County resident, Cooper said during the press conference.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley said it’s important for healthy people to donate blood, which she did earlier Wednesday. Donors can go to the Community Blood Center’s downtown site.

Financial donations also are needed at the Dayton Community Foundation to help those nonprofits during this unprecedented time.

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Testing also continues at the drive-through center in the UD Arena parking lot. However, no positive results have been reported from testing that began Tuesday.

What happens if someone needs to see a doctor but doesn’t have a primary physician? Primary Health Solutions sees people on a sliding fee scale. 300 Forest Ave. across from Grandview Medical Center in Dayton.

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