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Columbus Officials Update COVID-19 Response

COLUMBUS- That is Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley at a press conference Tuesday urging residents to keep practicing social distancing. Columbus Community Hospital President Mike Hanson says there is a possibility of 30 to 40% of the health district becoming infected with COVID-19…

According to Hanson, CCH currently has 54 tests available. Columbus Community Hospital Emergency Department Director Mark Howerter stressed the fact that they can’t test everyone…

Howerter also explained what the criteria for testing is…

Howerter says starting Wednesday, CCH will have an outside triage where there will be a nurse to check symptoms of patience. Howerter also said this is not the time for residents to let down their guard and says health officials assume the virus is in the community. Officials say a study shows that possibly 6% of Influenza B carriers also have COVID-19.

With Columbus Public Schools, Lakeview Public Schools, and Columbus Catholic schools all sending educational packets to students, Columbus Public Schools Superintendent Troy Loeffelholz said school is continuing business as usual…

Columbus Catholic Schools superintendent Jeff Ohnoutka says the school doesn’t foresee extending the school year at this time…

All Three schools say they will continue to provide lunches for students during the COVID-19 quarantine. According to Loeffelholz, through 3 days, Columbus Public Schools have served 6,747 meals to students. State lawmakers have advanced an $83.6 million emergency funding package to help fight COVID-19.

As of Tuesday morning there are 61 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in that state including the first positive test in Madison County; a Norfolk woman in her 30’s with underlying health issues.

 


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