Commissioners respond to negative coronavirus test


By Ivy Potter - ipotter@aimmediamidwest.com



The Scioto County Commissioners met Thursday and responded to the test of a Shawnee State University Student returning with a negative result for the Coronavirus.

While the news came as a relief, commissioners stated essentially that we aren’t out of the woods yet locally and need to remain proactive to keep the virus at bay.

“We’re blessed that we haven’t had the exposure here that we know of. We’re glad the suspected cases at Shawnee State University ended up being negative,” said Commissioner Bryan Davis. “That’s good, but we need to be prudent. We’ve heard what our governor has had to say, we’ve heard what our president has had to say, and the big thing is wash your hands, practice good hygiene. They’re limiting the large crowds, which is a good thing. Of course, that limits the exposure to any potential infection.”

Davis stated that a majority of prevention comes by practicing basic measures, and avoiding contact with large groups.

“Beyond that, there’s not a ton you can do. If someone is sick, stay home, and if you begin to feel worse, seek medical attention. The idea here is by limiting exposure to others, we’re extending the time frame of large numbers of infection, and that’s the key here. We need to limit that as much as possible so there isn’t a spike, so our health officials can handle it,” said Davis. “We need to do our part as individual citizens to prevent exposure to ourselves. One way we can do that is to limit close contact with others.”

Davis stated that the courthouse itself has begun taking extra precautions, by increasing the frequency and level of routine cleanings in addition to working closely with local health departments to ensure the safety of those who work within and visit the courthouse.

In other matters of business during the regularly scheduled meeting, commissioners adopted a resolution authorizing the Scioto County Engineer to enter into a contract with CTL Engineering in relation to the 2019 FEMA Hazard Declaration, and approved a resolution authorizing the Scioto County Engineer to enter into winter contract for road salt for 2020.

By Ivy Potter

ipotter@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932

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