Local officials prepare for Coronavirus

The Scioto County Commissioners stated that after a meeting between local officials this week, they believe Scioto County is prepared in the event of an outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

“Kim Carver our Emergency Management Agency Director called for that meeting,” said Commissioner Bryan Davis. “It was held at the Emergency Operations Center, and the attendees ranged from both hospitals, Ohio Department of Health, Scioto County Health Department, Portsmouth City Health Department, Portsmouth City Fire Department, Portsmouth Police Department, EMS and various law enforcement agencies.”

Commissioners stated that many judges, as well as Scioto County Prosecutor Shane Tieman and representatives from Shawnee State University, were present for the meeting.

“Basically, anybody who would have a conversation about this. There were a lot of professionals in the room including representation from the Board of Commissioners,” said Commissioner Davis.

Davis stated that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the current status of the Coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

“It was a really good conversation, and really the overarching theme was to wash your hands,” said Davis.

Davis shared seven suspected cases in Ohio have been determined to be negative for the virus, but with flu and pneumonia season still underway many people are suffering from symptoms that mirror those of COVID-19. Both King’s Daughters Medical Center and Southern Ohio Medical Center are keeping in contact with each other to keep a close eye on the situation, and that it appears the region has reached the peak in flu season with numbers beginning to decline.

“I will say this, I believe that Scioto County is prepared. We talked about many scenarios, including worst-case scenario. There were some great briefings done by Infectious Control, people from the hospital, health departments, it was very educational, and I think we are ready,” said Davis.

Davis expressed concerns regarding individuals who have recently traveled out of the country or to the West Coast. With students soon returning from spring break at Shawnee State University, both SSU President Jeff Bauer and representatives from SSU Police were present to learn how to be proactive about the situation.

“There are quite a few cases developing on the West Coast right now, so those are their main concerns right now,” said Davis. “This thing is developing; we need to watch it and keep our ears to the ground. We need to be listening to our health professionals on this,”

Commissioners stated that while flu remains our biggest problem locally, Coronavirus can become an issue with how easily it is spread and the number of people who require ventilator help.

“Those are the kinds of things we discussed as to how we will deal with that if the time comes. There are emergency supplies all throughout the country and things like that,” Davis said. “We are not in a panic mode here, and not in a situation where we need to worry about that in Scioto County or Ohio at all. Let’s pray and hope that this thing goes down, it looks as if the numbers in China have peaked. Hopefully, we’re seeing a drop and this thing will pass. Let’s hope for that.”

Commissioners stated that those with questions on COVOID-19 should refer to the Ohio Department of Health and Center for Disease Control websites.

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