Fourth COVID-19 case in Shelby County

SIDNEY — The fourth case of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Shelby County by the Sidney-Shelby County Health Department. The notification was made on the agency’s Facebook page Saturday after 4:45 p.m.

The person who tested positive is a man in his 50s. According to the Ohio Department of Health website, the man is hospitalized.

The other three positive cases involve a man in his 60s, a woman in her 70s and a man in his 30s.

A second case in Auglaize County was confirmed Saturday night by the Auglaize County Health Department. The 49-year-old woman is a resident, but no other details were released.

The first person is a 65-year-old woman who is being treated at a local hospital.

In Darke County, there are 13 positive cases of COVID-19. Ten cases are associated with Greenville Health and Rehabilitation and three cases are unrelated to the facility and each other. Monday, the Darke County Department of Health announced the death of one of the confirmed cases. A 76-year-old man, who had tested positive, died.

In Miami County, there are 32 cases with four confirmed deaths.

Upon notification of a positive COVID-19 case, health department staff will begin a thorough investigation by contacting the person who tested positive and obtaining a list of that person’s close contacts. Those people are then contacted and advised that they need to quarantine at home and monitor symptoms.

No additional personal information about the residents will be provided in order to protect personal privacy.

The state of Ohio has placed restrictions on gatherings and businesses to prevent the spread of the infectious disease COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus. The DGHD suggests people take the following precautions:

• Practice social distancing of 6 feet or more

• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

• Cover your coughs and sneezes

• Stay at home if you are sick

• Avoid exposure to others who are sick

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

• Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surface.

• Follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ohio Department of Health and the DGHD