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Another county death blamed on COVID

LISBON — Another Columbiana County death in April is now being blamed on coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths to 53.

The county health department reported on Thursday the 65-year-old woman was not a resident of a long-term care facility and it is not known at this time if she had any underlying medical conditions. However, she is being listed as a probable COVID-19 case and died on April 30.

There have now been 29 men and 24 women in Columbiana County whose deaths are being linked to coronavirus. The age range of deaths are between 43 and 96 in Columbiana County. Of those deaths, 27 were residents of long-term care facilities and nine were inmates at the Elkton federal prison.

The state lists Columbiana County with 51 deaths and nine of those are listed as CDC definition probable deaths.

The total number of county cases increased by five to 687 with 336 now linked to the prison inmate population.

Ohio released the new nursing home figures late Wednesday and Columbiana County had no new positive cases listed at any nursing home facilities.

During Thursday’s press conference, Gov. Mike DeWine’s office announced new guidelines are being released to give guidance for those county fairs wanting to begin preparation for junior fair activities.

While Dr. Amy Acton and DeWine are strongly encouraging local fairs to limit activities only to FFA and 4-H junior fair activities for this season, the guidelines also make suggestions for how other activities such as campgrounds, food concessions and amusement rides could occur if social distancing, handwashing and other COVID-19 protocol are followed.

Additional announcements from DeWine’s office included pharmacists being able to order and conduct COVID-19 tests, as well as outdoor visitation for those in assisted living facilities starting on June 8.

There are 31,625 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ohio and 33,915 when CDC probable cases are added. Additionally, the state reports 1,888 confirmed deaths and another 210 probable COVID-19 deaths. The number of new cases, 476, is below the 21-day average of 561 new cases daily. A total of 5,811 people have been hospitalized, including 1,516 admissions to intensive care units.

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