Kaptur Statement After 3 Cuyahoga County Residents Test Positive For COVID-19

March 9, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Representative Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), released the following statement after Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that three Ohioans have tested positive for the new strain of coronavirus, COVID-19. All three are residents of Cuyahoga County, Ohio.


“As news develops, I am urging every person across Northern Ohio to stay calm and follow the instructions of the CDC as well as state and local health departments,” said Rep. Kaptur. “Emergency preparedness as our country faces this public health threat is of upmost importance. An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of panic. I urge everyone to take commonsense precautions to prevent further spread of infection: wash your hands, avoid close contact with people who are sick, stay home when you are sick, and avoid touching your face.”


Last week, Congress passed and the President signed into law a $8.3 billion emergency funding package to address the COVID-19 outbreak. The money will help local, state, and federal agencies improve surveillance for COVID-19, increase laboratory testing to detect positive cases, contact tracing to identify additional positive cases, and strengthen infection control at the local level, including public awareness campaigns, to prevent additional cases. A summary of the package is available here.


There are steps people at home can take to help minimize infection:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Wash your hands frequently and for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and warm water thoroughly
  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Avoid flying if you are elderly or a person with a severe chronic medical condition
  • Stay at home as much as possible if you are an older adult or person with a severe chronic medical condition
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask*
  • If you feel sick and have traveled to areas where coronavirus has been confirmed or have come into contact with someone who has been exposed to the virus, seek medical advice. Tell your physician about your recent travels and symptoms


*The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of Coronavirus to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).


For more information on COVID-19, including CDC’s travel notices, go to the CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html