Two county fairs report COVID-19 outbreaks

    The entrance to the Pickaway County Fairgrounds.

    The Pickaway and Clinton county fairs are investigating separate COVID-19 outbreaks. 

    The Clinton County Health District is investigating a “cluster” of cases from people who attended the fair, which ran from July 11 to July 18. 

    A spokesman for the department said he’s aware of at least three cases, though the investigation is ongoing. 

    The Columbus Dispatch reported Thursday that 22 cases of COVID-19, and one possible death, trace back to attendees of the Pickaway County Fair last month. 

    A report from the health department found there was a lack of implementation of infection control precautions like requiring masks and limiting crowd sizes.