Almost 300 tested for COVID at CAA

Results won't distinguish those taken at the Lisbon facility

LISBON – When the Ohio National Guard conducted pop-up COVID-19 testing on Monday at the Community Action Agency, there were 275 people tested before tests ran out at around 4 p.m., according to Jody Wisbith, marketing specialist at the CAA.

Some people reported waiting in line in their car for more than an hour for the opportunity to learn if they were asymptomatic carriers of the coronavirus. Those who tested have began receiving calls in the last two days giving them the results.

While the county health department is expecting to receive information on positive cases, so they can follow up, they do not expect to know whether the test was conducted at the CAA or another site around the county. The percentage of those testing positive in Ohio has risen to 6 percent of tests given. On June 30, 20,515 tests were given across the state of Ohio, the first time Ohio tested more than 20,000 people in a day.

Cases in Columbiana County increased on Friday by 60 according to the state of Ohio with the county’s case number at 1,288 cases going into the holiday weekend. The number of deaths remain at 60. There were also an additional four hospitalizations attributed to coronavirus for Columbiana County residents.

County Heath Commissioner Wes Vins said the department is trying to determine how to determine hospitalizations on a more timely basis, but even though they are in contact with local hospitals regularly, some of their patients may not be from Columbiana County. Additionally, some Columbiana County residents may have chosen a hospital in Mahoning, Jefferson or Stark counties, as well as some may have gone to Pennsylvania. This makes determining if the case involves a Columbiana County resident more difficult.

Ohio cases continue to rise overall, climbing by more than 1,000 cases to 55,257 total cases. The daily increase in numbers of deaths, hospitalizations and ICU admissions all remain below the 21-day average at 17, 46 and nine, respectively.

In an interview earlier this week with cleveland.com, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio) had said the coronavirus cases at the FCI-Elkton prison are waning and all the inmates have been tested with all of the positive cases, since May 29, asymptomatic. The federal Bureau of Prisons lists FCI-Elkton at 338 current positive inmates at the prison, an increase of 61 in the last few days. The BOP also lists seven staff with positive cases, 584 recovered inmates and 46 recovered staff members.


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