First COVID-19 case in Clermont County

NEWS RELEASE                                                
For Immediate Release

March 20, 2020

(BATAVIA, Ohio) – Clermont County Public Health (CCPH) is reporting the first positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in a Clermont County resident.

The patient is a female in her 60’s. She is not hospitalized and has not had any recent travel history or any known exposure to a confirmed case.

“Following protocol set by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), our nursing staff has been in contact with the individual since we were notified of the positive test result,” said Health Commissioner Julianne Nesbit. “We have been working with the individual to identify people who she has come in contact with and are advising those individuals to self-quarantine for 14 days.”

“We have been preparing for this for several weeks and have been working closely with our county Emergency Management Agency and ODH to make sure we have all the resources we need,” said Nesbit.

COVID-19 is spread primarily through respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing. The symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

To prevent the spread people should:

“If you are sick, you should call your doctor,” said Nesbit. “They can rule out other illnesses and determine if a patient needs to be tested for COVID-19 or not.”

“The changes we are making to our lifestyle may be a temporary inconvenience but they are for the greater good of our community,” said Nesbit.

For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio visit ODH’s website at or call 1-833-4ASKODH. The state updates its numbers every day at 2 p.m. Our case will be included in the next update.

# # #