We were informed Tuesday of a second case of coronavirus in Highland County.

The female patient is in her 40s, is resting at home and is in self-isolation. This is a community acquired case. Your Highland County Health Department will be in contact daily with the individual to track their symptoms and condition.

As of March 31, there are 2,199 confirmed cases in the state of Ohio, with 585 of those cases requiring hospitalization. Now more than ever, it is time to observe physical/social distancing to flatten the curve on COVID-19, wash your hands, cover your cough, stay at home and don’t touch your face.



There’s an interesting website that tracks the average distances we travel daily. This is done by collecting information from the GPS in our phones. This information is being used to grade people on whether they are adhering to the stay at home order and observing the social distancing.

As a whole, the United States has a grade of an A, which means the average distance traveled has decreased by greater than 40 percent. Ohio, on the other hand, has a grade of C, which means there was a 20- to 30-percent decrease in average distance traveled. Highland County received the same grade of C.

I know Highland County can do better to help flatten the curve. Just before the stay at home order was issued, Highland Countians decreased average distance traveled by 43 percent, but that has slipped to where we are at only a 25-percent reduction as of March 26.

We all need to do our part to only go out for essentials, practice physical/social distancing, stay home if you are sick, wash those hands and cover your cough.

The following are links to the above data and also to some websites that we have been using at the Highland County Emergency Operations Center:

• Social Distance Grades: https://www.unacast.com/covid19/social-distancing-scoreboard;

• Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 maps: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6; and

?• coronavirus.ohio.gov – The State of Ohio coronavirus website that is updated daily at 2 p.m.

We’re all in this together … be nice!