Tents have been set up outside of OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital to separate people who have flu-like symptoms from those who do not.

The tents, which are just outside of the emergency entrance, are to reduce the possibility of transmission of COVID-19, but are not a site for COVID-19 screening, Marcus Thorpe, media relations senior consultant for O’Bleness, said.

There are no confirmed cases in Athens County as of Monday afternoon, but there are 442 confirmed cases in Ohio, across 46 different counties.

Patients who wish to enter the hospital for treatment or an injury will be screened, and then they will be allowed inside based on the result of the screening, Thorpe said.

This proactive measure is in partnership with the Athens County Emergency Management Agency and Athens County Emergency Medical Services, or EMS.

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