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5 COVID deaths added to list

LISBON – Columbiana County added five new deaths related to COVID-19, which has brought the total of deaths to 49.

However, of the five deaths reported on Wednesday, two are considered probable deaths and happened more than two weeks ago. One of the deaths was on April 25 and was an 85-year-old woman who was not in a long-term care facility. The other was on May 2, a 76-year-old woman who also was not a long-term care resident. It is not known if either of the women had underlying health conditions.

The three new deaths occurred on May 15 and 16. All were residents of long-term care facilities and all had underlying health conditions — an 81-year-old woman, 96-year-old man and a 92-year-old woman. There have now been 25 residents of long-term care facilities in Columbiana County who have died and reportedly had coronavirus.

However, there was some good news for the county’s long-term care facilities. When the state reported new cases in nursing homes, there was only one this week, a staff member at Circle of Care in Salem.

According to public information director Laura Fauss, the other two deaths were just reported to the Columbiana County Health Department after meeting the definition for probable coronavirus deaths created by the Centers for Disease Control. COVID-19 was included on the death certificate.

During Wednesday’s county Board of Health meeting, medical services administrator Jamie Elenz reported to the board there were 457 coronavirus cases as of that morning, which is an increase of four from Tuesday. These are accumulated cases and not all current.

Elenz also reported 134 of the county’s cases can be attributed to confirmed test results at FCI-Elkton. There have been 61 cases which have been at long-term care facilities. With 25 of the deaths from long-term health care and nine from FCI-Elkton, the remaining 15 are other residents from around the county. The federal Bureau of Prisons reported on Wednesday there are 119 inmates and eight staff members who are positive for COVID-19. Another 83 inmates and 44 staff members have recovered.

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton signed three orders on Wednesday, including the Camp Safe Ohio Order, regulating campgrounds given the green light to begin operations today and the Ohioans Protecting Ohioans, urgent health advisory. Still there were 61 new deaths reported across the state, which is 21 above the 21-day average. That brings the total to 1,781, although 178 of those are CDC probable deaths.

There have now been 27,517 cases and 1,919 probable cases of coronavirus in Ohio. There were 81 new hospitalizations and 12 new ICU admissions, which are both below the 21-day average.Of the 47 deaths listed for Columbiana County on the coronavirus.ohio.gov website, which provides updates from across the state, eight of the deaths are listed as CDC probable, while 39 are confirmed.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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