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Columbiana County COVID tally passes 1,000 mark

LISBON — COVID-19 cases in Columbiana County eclipsed the 1,000 case mark on Thursday with 64 new cases, bringing the county’s total to 1,048 cases.

Of those, the county reports 628 are inmates at the FCI-Elkton prison, which continues to conduct testing on the population. Another 84 cases are residents of long-term care facilities.

Although the state reported Columbiana County had 60 deaths on Wednesday, the state backed that figure back down to 59 deaths on Thursday. The county health department records continue to show 58 deaths.

Analysis of the statistics released on Wednesday from the county health department shows for those not living at the Elkton prison or in long-term nursing care, the county had 34 cases who developed their first symptoms in March. The average age of those cases was 54 years old.

In April, there were 185 new cases that developed in the non-congregate community and the average age fell to 48.4. With the 70 new cases in May, the average age of a coronavirus case remained nearly the same at 48.5. The average age dropped to 47.2 so far through June with 33 new cases. The June cases include two children, ages 2 and 11 in two different communities.

The average age of those testing positive for coronavirus in county’s long-term care facilities has been getting older, with the average overall age of the 80 positive cases on the county’s report at 74.8 years old. But the average age so far in June was 79.2 years old.

With 79 of the 80 cases coming from the Salem area and one from East Palestine, the Ohio National Guard medics were reportedly in the Calcutta and East Liverpool area this week testing patients at long-term care facilities.

Additionally, anyone wishing to have a COVID-19 test can utilize the free pop-up test site from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the Lisbon Community Health Center on Lincole Place.

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