(Dover, Ohio) – The series of five infographics was prepared by the epidemiology staff and includes information about cases from January 2020 through October 31, 2020.
Data topics include signs and symptoms, case trends, confirmed versus probable cases, pre-existing conditions, hospitalizations, fatality rates, and more.
“We are sharing this information as part of our commitment to provide timely and accurate data to the public,” explained Katie Seward, Tuscarawas County Health Commissioner. “By sharing this data, we are providing area residents with valuable insights for making decisions about steps we can all take to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We can get through this by working together to follow the safety protocols to wear masks, social distance, avoid large gatherings, wash hands frequently, and stay home if you are sick.”
“One valuable data insight revealed that only 35% of Tuscarawas County COVID-19 cases reported having a fever,” noted Seward. “We know that many local businesses and organizations use temperature checks as a safety net when employees conduct daily health assessments. However, we are hearing from people with mild cases of COVID-19 who say they thought they just had a sinus infection or cold, and they didn’t get tested until having symptoms for a week. This makes contact tracing more difficult as these individuals may have been going to work while symptomatic, which creates a larger number of close contacts who need to be quarantined. As a result, we recommend testing for COVID-19 at any time, regardless of whether a person has only mild symptoms.”
Other interesting facts of note from the infographics include the following: about 58% of COVID-19 cases reported having a cough, 45% of cases reported experiencing muscle aches, 14% of cases have been hospitalized, and 41% of cases did not have a pre-existing condition. “As each new case comes in, we work to carefully collect, track, and record data,” stated Natasha Yonley, Epidemiologist for the Tuscarawas County Health Department. “We also remember that each case is a person, and our thoughts go out to all who have been affected by this virus.”
“We really appreciate the community’s support to reduce the spread of COVID-19,” said Vickie Ionno, New Philadelphia City Health Commissioner. “When we all work together, we can do what’s necessary to see future improvement in this data and help prevent this pandemic from negatively impacting the health of our loved ones, friends, and co-workers.”