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County has 2nd coronavirus death

LISBON — A second county death from the coronavirus COVID-19, another elderly person, is being reported by the Columbiana County Health Department.

Additionally, the department reports another two individuals have been confirmed to have the coronavirus, bringing the county’s totals to 13.

Laura Fauss, public information officer for the county health department, confirmed the death of an elderly woman who had underlying health conditions. Fauss said the woman was hospitalized, but unable to recover from the complications of COVID-19.

She also released some data about the current 13 cases, noting the positive cases in the county range in age from 23 to 92 years old with a median age of 61. The majority, 64 percent, are men. Fauss said now that we have more cases, she can provide more statistical information about those positive cases without people being able to determine the identities of the patients.

Through the Ohio Department of Health’s information, it is possible to tell that the woman was in the age range of 70 and 79. Additionally, the death was listed as happening on Sunday. Of the 11 other Columbiana County cases confirmed by the state, eight are listed as hospitalized.

Throughout the state of Ohio, there are now 1,933 confirmed cases with 475 hospitalizations and 39 deaths. The confirmed cases grew by 280 from Sunday’s figure.

Fauss confirmed that local hospitals are eagerly awaiting the results from COVID-19 tests, including for one person who was tested much earlier in March. During the governor’s press conference on Monday afternoon it was noted which were the best labs to get test results back as soon as possible.

The county health department continues to work to get the supplies needed for the anticipated additional cases. Fauss said the county has received a second shipment from the National Strategic Stockpile, personal protective equipment to help those on the front lines in hospitals, first responders and others helping those showing symptoms. Additionally, Fauss said the county has received quite a few donations of such equipment from residents and local businesses. On Monday, work began on dividing up the latest items up among those who need them.

Employees from the health department are also working from home when possible, but are communicating through a video daily briefing in the mornings. Additionally, a video briefing was held on Monday with local county office holders throughout the county to keep everyone informed.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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