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Second COVID case in county: ‘We knew this day would come’

A second case of COVID-19 has been diagnosed in Warren County.

Department of Health data released on Wednesday indicate that the county now has two positive tests.

That data shows that an additional 220 individuals in the county have tested negative.

“The individual exhibited symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and was transported to an Erie hospital for medical treatment,” according to a statement from the Warren County Commissioners. “The person is a resident of Columbus Township.

“At this time we do not have any specific demographic information on the person except what has already been released,” Cecile Stelter, public information officer for the county, said. “If we find out additional details, we will share that information.”

“No further information about the individual’s condition is available at this time,” the county’s statement explained. According to the county, the commissioners have provided the Columbus Fire Department with “additional personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies to support response capabilities in Columbus Township.”

“We want to thank the emergency responders who continue to bravely respond to EMS calls as well as our Emergency Management Team who continue to work diligently at prevention and recovery initiatives,” Commissioner Ben Kafferlin said in the statement. “We knew this day would come and are prepared.

“Contact tracing is being handled, and we have capacity to do more, if needed. We also have plenty of decontamination supplies and PPE for our first responders. We continue to monitor the situation and are assured that the healthcare system in Warren County and the region have plenty of capacity.”

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