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No new confirmed cases reported for the week

For the first time since late April, there were no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Monroe County for the week.

According to the Monroe County Health Department, the last new confirmed case was June 10, giving the county nearly two weeks without a new case as of Tuesday, June 23.

Amanda Sefert, public information officer for the Monroe County Health Department, was encouraged by the trend over the past few weeks.

After seeing a jump from four confirmed cases to 74 from May 7 to May 28, the county has only seen an increase of three confirmed cases since June 4. There are 82 confirmed cases and two probable cases as of June 23.

Recoveries have also increased, with 60 cases recovered as of June 23, up from 57 recovered cases as of June 16.

According to Sefert, symptomatic positive cases are recovered once the person is 72 hours fever free without medication and 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms. If the person does not have symptoms, it must be 10 days since his or her positive test results.

Coinciding with increases in recoveries and a drop in new confirmed cases, there have been no COVID-19-related deaths in Monroe County since June 3.

While numbers are leveling off, Sefert said there is still cause to be concerned and careful.

“People need to be aware (COVID-19) still exists,” Sefert said.

What concerned Sefert were reports from neighboring counties of hot spots, such as Myrtle residents vacationing in Beach, South Carolina, and returning with the virus.

Sefert said residents should avoid vacationing in any place that is a "hot spot.” Employers may also want to consider having employees who return from vacations work from home for two weeks after their return.

Sefert continues to recommend resident practice measures to protect themselves and others.

“The ODH (Ohio Department of Health) still recommends practicing social distancing and washing hands,” Sefert said. “If you can not social distance, you should wear a mask.”

The decline of new confirmed cases has allowed the Monroe County Health Department to focus on other services the department offers, such as health education and the senior farmers market.

The farmer’s market started Wednesday, June 17 at the health department/senior center.

Anyone interested in setting up at the farmer’s market is encouraged to call Sefert at 740-472-1822.

The market is open to the public. Cash as well as WIC and Senior Farmer’s Market vouchers.

For more information, contact the senior center at 740-472-1312.