VAN WERT – There are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Van Wert County as of March 26, 1 p.m. The Van Wert County General Health District will be the first to receive report of a confirmed case and will release the information as soon as it is received.

“We are committed to monitoring and promoting the health and welfare of the public,” said Britt C. Menchhofer, R.S. VWCHD Environmental Health Director. “As we continue to monitor the situation, information will be shared as is necessary to protect the public, while also considering the privacy of the rights of all those affected.”

The Van Wert County General Health District encourages you to get your information from credible sources and do not spread rumors. In addition, they ask that you be kind and remember we are all in this together.

The virus is still believed to be widespread in all communities and we urge our residents to take action and abide by the Director’s Stay at Home Order to help slow the spread of the disease. Please do your part to slow the spread of the virus by staying home, avoiding unnecessary travel, shopping trips, and practice social distancing when around other people with the exception of family or household members. Work from home when possible.

The Ohio Department of Health has opened a call center to answer questions regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and can be reached at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). For more information please visit the Van Wert County General Health District website at www.vanwertcountyhealth.org or follow Van Wert County Health Department on Facebook.