Franklin County Public Health confirms two cases of coronavirus outside Columbus

This illustration in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This virus was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. (CDC via AP)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Franklin County Public Health confirms there are two cases of coronavirus within the county, but they are outside the city of Columbus.

Officials said Sunday the infected people are two men who are 52 and 35-years-old.

Franklin County Public Health is working to identify people who the men may have come in contact with.

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Officials have not said exactly where the two cases are located in the county.

According to the Bexley mayor, however, one of the cases is a resident of the city.

“This first cases of COVID-19 in our health jurisdiction, though not a surprise are, however, a reminder for our residents to continue taking the necessary precautions to protect the health of themselves and their families,” said Health Commissioner Joe Mazzola. "This is an ever-evolving situation and we will continue to notify the public as things change."

“Franklin County Public Health is working across its health jurisdiction with the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, 14 cities, 17 townships, 10 villages, 13 school districts, and dozens of healthcare, social services and other partners to prevent and contain the spread of the virus,” said Dr.

Tom Rudge, President of the Franklin County Board of Health.

Health officials are reminding the public that the symptoms associated with coronavirus are fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Anyone who believes they may have been exposed to an infected person should contact a doctor or urgent care facility.

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