DEFIANCE, Ohio (WFFT) -- Defiance County is dealing with abnormally high cases of COVID-19 due to new cases reported at Defiance College.
With 36 students testing positive for COVID-19 Health Commissioner Jamie Gerken says she is on alert but says the health department and the school have been preparing for situations like this.
"Spikes and valleys like this most we've kept it low, but the college and students testing positive was something unexpected," Gerken says.
In a statement released, Richanne Mankey, president of Defiance College, says part of the problem was some students not adhering to health guidelines put in by the school.
She wrote the school requires students and staff to wear masks and perform daily health checks, as well as sanitize and stay socially distant when possible from others.
Gerken says to stop the spread from continuing, everyone needs to do their part.
"You may not agree with everything, but don't do it for yourself," Gerken says.
Total campus cases at Defiance College are now at 69, which is around 10% of the school's population, according to school officials.