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Ohio Department of Health conducting tests for COVID-19 with new testing equipment.
Ohio Department of Health

Ohio now has the ability to conduct tests for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Due to limited resources, though, the state has created a protocol to determine who to prioritize for testing.

Updated 5:18 p.m.

Health officials have announced the first coronavirus cases in Indiana and Kentucky. 

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton holds up a mask as she gives an update about the state's response to coronavirus, on Feb. 27, 2020 in Cleveland.
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The Ohio Department of Health is investigating a total of three potential cases of coronavirus, as of Thursday afternoon.

Coronavirus testing kits are set to arrive in Ohio in a few days and should be ready to test Ohioans for coronavirus, also called COVID-19, by next week.

The current process is for hospitals to send potential coronavirus samples to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), which then sends the samples to one of two out-of-state labs run by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

That process takes five to seven days.

Mayor Andrew Ginther and Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine at a press conference March 3, 2020.
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The Arnold Sports Festival will be a lot smaller than usual this year due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton holds up a mask as she gives an update about the state's response to coronavirus, on Feb. 27, 2020 in Cleveland.
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The Ohio Department of Health is waiting on test results for a new possible case of coronavirus.

Luke Jacobs oversees the Columbus Public Health response team for infectious diseases.
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With nine deaths linked to COVID-19 in the U.S. so far, health officials around the country are playing close attention to recent travelers.

Summit County Judge Alison McCarty put herself under self-quaratine after returning from Italy.
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A Summit County Common Pleas judge has decided to self-quarantine after recently returning from Italy, where there are several hundred reported cases of the coronavirus and multiple deaths.

Updated: 8:07 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

State and local health experts are advising caution rather than panic as the novel coronavirus spreads beyond China.

While there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state, it’s “an emerging health threat," Gov. Mike DeWine said at a press conference at MetroHealth Medical Center Thursday.

The laboratory test kit used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Public health officials from around the world are keeping a watchful eye on the spread of the coronavirus as more countries are reporting an increase in infections. In Ohio, state and local officials are working on several preventative measures to keep the virus from occurring.

Two more possible case of coronavirus in Ohio came back negative this week. A third person is currently being tested.

The number of hospitalizations due to influenza rose by more than a third in Ohio last week. More than 800 people were hospitalized in the fifth week of the year, compared with 611 in the fourth week, and 332 a year ago.

The Ohio Dept. of Health is investigating another potential case of novel coronavirus. The agency reiterates the risk to Ohioans of contracting the disease remains low and there are no confirmed cases in the state.

Updated 3:15 p.m.

The Butler County Health Department says two Miami University students are being monitored for the coronavirus. The students had recently traveled to China.

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Deadly drug overdoses in Ohio fell nearly 22% in 2018, to the lowest number in three years. Overdose deaths also dropped in every category of drugs except one.

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