LIMA — The first report of a patient in Allen County testing positive of COVID-19 has been confirmed by Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center.
The hospital released the following statement at 6 p.m. Wednesday:
“Mercy Health-St. Rita’s Medical Center has cared for a patient who has tested positive for novel coronavirus COVID-19.
“We follow safety protocols each and every time we care for a patient. We follow guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state department of health to minimize exposure to other patients and our associates.
“We have followed all CDC cleaning protocols and St. Rita’s remains a safe place to work and to seek care.”
Increased testing and community spread has ballooned the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ohio in the last week. As of Wednesday, the Ohio Department of Health has tallied 704 confirmed cases, and public health officials expect the number to continue to grow.
In the region, cases have been reported in Mercer (1), Hancock (1) and Logan (2) counties.
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