COVID cases climb to 880
Testing at prison drives increases
LISBON — Columbiana County increased by another five coronavirus cases to 880 on Tuesday, but over the past two days the case numbers have jumped by 86 cases.
On Tuesday, Laura Fauss, the public information officer for the county health department, confirmed the Elkton federal prison is largely responsible for the increases. The prison has been testing nearly every inmate and currently Fauss said those inmate cases are now accounting for 520 of the cases in this county.
Of the 880 accumulative cases in the county, 667 are men.
The number of cases attributed to residents of long-term care facilities remains at 71, which has remained the same since Memorial Day.
There have been no deaths in the county attributed to COVID-19 for more than two weeks. The number of hospitalizations remained the same at 133.
The federal Bureau of Prisons reports 332 inmates and seven staff members currently positive for coronavirus. Additionally, the prison reports 108 inmates and 46 staff members have recovered.
On a day when Gov. Mike DeWine said he intends for K-12 schools to return to the classroom in the fall and promised protective guidelines soon, numbers in the state were lower than the 21-day average.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, there were 366 new cases, well below 529, the 21-day average. There were 64 new hospitalizations, 14 below the average, and new ICU admissions were 14, three below the average. There were 52 deaths reported, which was above the 21-day average of 39.
The Ohio Hospital Association reported there are currently 697 Ohioans hospitalized, who are positive for COVID-19, which is the lowest number in at least two weeks.
Ohio has had 2,258 total confirmed and CDC probable deaths, according to the ODH. Those 80 and older have made up 54 percent of those deaths and 79 percent are age 70 or older. Additionally, in Ohio 79 percent of the deaths have been white, 17 percent have been black and 96 percent list their ethnicity as non-Hispanic.
Ohio now has 33,829 confirmed cases and another 2,521 CDC probable cases.