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Monroe County sets one-day record for new positive cases

Positive cases continue to rise at record-setting numbers in Monroe County.

The Monroe County Health Department reported 23 new positive cases on Monday, Nov. 30 – a new one-day record for the county.

The sharp spike gives the county 396 total confirmed and probable cases as of Tuesday, Dec. 1, an increase of 63 from the week before.

There are 93 active cases, an increase of 15 from the week before.

The Health Department also announced another death as a result of COVID-19 on Tuesday, Dec. 1. The most recent death gives the county 20 deaths as a result of the virus. It was the fourth death as a result of the virus during the month of November.

The Monroe County Health Department said it was monitoring close to 350 individuals in the county for signs and symptoms as of Tuesday, Dec. 1. That number includes confirmed positive cases and close contacts who have been exposed to the virus.

The spread in Monroe County is similar to what is happening across the state. Increases are commonplace, and it is starting to put a strain on hospitals.

According to a press release from the Monroe County Health Department, Ohio has more than 5,000 inpatients with COVID-19 in Ohio hospitals. At the beginning of November, that number was under 1,700.

The Health Department recommends any county resident who traveled for Thanksgiving or attended a large family gathering to exercise caution in the coming days and weeks.

“Take extra precautions over the next two weeks,” the press release reads. “Work from home if possible, social distance in the workplace, wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and please stay home if you are sick.”

With a varying degree of symptoms attributed to the virus, the Health Department is concerned that residents may not be aware they are contagious and spread the virus to others.

“Many positive COVID-19 cases have mild to moderate symptoms such as headache, low-grade temperature, cough, congestion, diarrhea, muscle aches and fatigue,” the press release reads. “Your exposure bubble is not as small as you think. You are not just at risk of COVID-19 from people in your inner circle, but also anyone else they have been in contact with.”

 The Health Department stressed the importance of quarantine protocols in stemming the spread of the virus, so long as residents follow the quarantine guidelines.

“Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others,” the press release reads. “Quarantine helps prevent the spread of the disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.

“People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from the health department,” the press release continues. “You cannot test out of quarantine. Even with a negative test result, you must monitor yourself for COVID-19 symptoms and self-quarantine for 14 days after you were exposed to a positive case. It is possible to have a negative test result on Day 6 and become symptomatic a few days later.”