Coronavirus: Champaign County humane society employee tests positive

A staff member at a Champaign County humane society has tested positive for the coronavirus.

“It is with great regret I must announce the clinic will be closed for two weeks due to a clinical staff member testing positive for Covid 19 virus,” His Hands Extended Sanctuary said Tuesday on their Facebook page.

According to the post, the clinic located at 1560 Dialton Road in St. Paris, will be closed through Sunday, Aug. 2. The facility will reopen Monday, August 3.

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“Please know we deeply regret any inconvenience this causes our clients and their animals,” the post said. “We will be postponing the garage sale also and all in house adoptions will be put on hold until August 3rd.”

Champaign Health District Commissioner Gabe Jones told the News-Sun on Wednesday that His Hands Extended Sanctuary provided an “extensive list” of possible individuals that could have been exposed to the coronavirus. He said the health district is “performing contact tracing right now.”

“Through contact tracing we were able to identify some risks and our infectious disease nurse has been communicating with all the staff to ensure that everyone who needs to be quarantined is,” Jones added.

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He explained that high-risk individuals will be contacted by the health district.

Champaign County has 77 coronavirus cases, including 7 probable cases, and one confirmed death as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

“In the last few weeks, we’ve seen more cases than ever before - continue to stay vigilant, continue to take all the precautionary measures that you can,” Jones said.

For more information or questions regarding COVID-19, call the Champaign Health District at 937-484-1605.

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