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COVID cases hit 875

LISBON — Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Columbiana County, rising to 875 on Monday, an increase of 81 cases overnight according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The County Health Department did not release any numbers on Monday and it is not known if the majority of these cases are from the Federal prison at FCI-Elkton. However, late last week the county health department predicted a rise in numbers this week, which would be attributable to the return of results from the testing of nearly all inmates at the prison.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons reported 345 current inmate cases at FCI-Elkton and seven current staff members with positive tests, while 109 inmates and 46 staff are listed as recovered.

Despite the increase in case numbers, the number of deaths and hospitalizations in the county has not risen. There are 133 hospitalizations and 53 deaths related to COVID-19.

As the county health department continues to help other businesses and the local schools work out any concerns they may have about safely opening, the health department themselves resumed “new normal” operations on Monday. The lobby is now open, although Health Commissioner Wes Vins wants to remind people there are still a lot of things that can be accomplished online, by using a drop off box outside or by phone, such as ordering birth and death certificates.

Masks are required for all in-office services and the health department is restricting the lobby to only three people at a time. The staff is implementing frequent cleaning.

Those seeking services from the nursing staff will use a separate entrance instead of the lobby and should wait in the vehicle until it is their turn. The nursing staff is once again offering vaccinations, pap/pelvic exams, breast exams, mammograms, prostate tests, skin cancer screenings, TB tests, lung cancer screenings and blood pressure screenings. Additionally the Cribs for Kids, bike helmet and car seat programs are again available. Call the nursing division at 330-424-0272 extension 114 to learn more about utilizing these programs.

The state of Ohio saw another increase in coronavirus numbers also on Monday. There are now 33,501 total cases and an additional 2,483 probable cases. Additionally, there are 1,993 confirmed deaths and 213 probable deaths. Nine of the 53 deaths in Columbiana County are actually listed as probable deaths.

The number of new hospitalizations increased by 63 to 6,112 accumulative hospitalizations. According to the Ohio Hospital Association there are currently 761 Ohioans hospitalized with coronavirus cases, a number that decreased by 16 in the past 24 hours. Overall there have been 1,569 people admitted to the ICU, an increase of 13.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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