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Ohio health officials meet as COVID-19 count climbs, including recent omicron case in Tuscarawas County resident

Health workers at a mass vaccine clinic at Tuscarawas County Health Department.
Health workers at a mass vaccine clinic at Tuscarawas County Health Department.(Tuscarawas County Health Department)
Published: Dec. 16, 2021 at 10:33 AM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The director for the state’s department of health addressed Ohio as COVID-19 cases continue to increase.

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff was joined by O’Reilly Family Pharmacy pharmacist Aimee O’Reilly and Cleveland Clinic Department of Infectious Disease chair Dr. Steven Gordon for a Thursday morning press conference.

According to Dr. Gordon, the Cleveland Clinic is preparing for a “tidal wave” of new patients.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine did not speak during the press conference, but his office said Thursday morning that he and his wife Fran were exposed to someone on Monday night who has since tested positive for COVID-19.

According to his office, the “DeWines have no symptoms, and tested negative for the virus this morning. The DeWines will continue to be tested daily and postpone public events.”

The Ohio Health Department press conference comes as reports of patients who test positive for COVID-19, including the omicron variant, continue to climb. This includes a recent confirmed case detected in an adult Tuscarawas County resident.

According to the Tuscarawas County Health Department, the vaccinated individual is known to have traveled recently to New York City and symptoms began on Nov. 27, 2021.

“The positive case had been fully vaccinated but had not yet obtained a booster. The case experienced only mild COVID-19 symptoms and has been released from the isolation/contagious period.”

“While the evidence of an Omicron case in Tuscarawas County is noteworthy, the Delta variant continues as the driving force behind the increase in COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations in county residents,” Tuscarawas County Health Commissioner Katie Seward said in a press release on Wednesday. “The arrival of omicron and the continued impact of the Delta variant highlight the importance of our best prevention tool, which is choosing to get vaccinated.”

Statement from the Tuscarawas County Health Department, 12/15/21 Omicron variant detected in Tuscarawas County DOVER,...

Posted by Tuscarawas County Health Department on Wednesday, December 15, 2021

The Cleveland Clinic announced on Monday that their laboratory confirmed one COVID-19 cases of the omicron variant in the area. It’s unclear if the Tuscarawas County resident’s case is included in the Cleveland Clinic’s total.

Ohio’s first-known omicron cases were reported on Dec. 11 by the Ohio State University Laboratory in the Columbus area.

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