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Tuscarawas County confirms 'presumptive positive' coronavirus test for one of its residents

Officials say the patient is 'recovering well.'

DOVER, Ohio — The Tuscarawas County Health Department confirms one of its residents took a coronavirus test that has come back "presumptive positive."

Officials say the patient, a 38-year-old man, took the test at Cleveland Clinic Union Hospital in Dover. He did not have any known exposure to the virus or travel outside of Ohio before becoming sick, but is apparently "recovering well."

The Ohio Department of Health confirmed 13 new cases of coronavirus throughout the state on Saturday (bringing the total number to 26), but did not mention any from Tuscarawas, meaning this would be the first positive test in that county if confirmed by the CDC. Health Commissioner Katie Seward says she is not surprised someone appears to have contracted the illness, and that her office is prepared to handle what comes next.

"We have community interventions in place that are designed to slow transmission in our community while lessening the impact," Seward said in a statement. "Our main goal is to isolate those who are ill, identify close contacts and monitor for illness."

The coronavirus has so far killed more than 5,800 people worldwide, including 55 in the United States. Symptoms include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath, and anyone with these symptoms is asked to immediately contact a doctor.

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