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COVID claims another life in Columbiana County

LISBON — Another county resident, an 88-year-old resident of a long-term care facility, has died from complications from coronavirus.

The county health department released information on case numbers on Friday, including the latest death, the 87th death blamed on the pandemic. There have been 55 deaths of residents of long-term care facilities, 23 general community members and nine inmates. Of the deaths in this county, 62 have been age 70 or older.

Since last Friday, Oct. 9, Columbiana County has had an increase of 48 cases, all members of the general community, not those in care facilities or the Elkton prison. There have now been 2,061 positive COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in March, although the county health department believes 1,902 have recovered. There have been 232 county residents hospitalized due to coronavirus.

The health department is urging people to get a flu shot and will be hosting drive-up clinics this Tuesday. The first will be from 9-11 a.m. at the Salineville Kiwanis building on North Alley. The second will be from 1-3p.m. at St. Jude’s hall, the Catholic church on Seventh Street in Columbiana.

The cost of the flu vaccine is $25 with high dose vaccine available for $50 for seniors 65 and older. The pneumonia vaccine costs $120 and the shingles vaccine is available for $163.

Private insurance is accepted and people are reminded to bring their insurance cards, Medicare or Medicaid cards, so the cost of the vaccine can be billed.

The CDC recommends everyone older than 6 months get their flu vaccine. The hope this year is that having fewer people sick during this flu season will lessen the numbers of people needing medical care should the numbers hospitalized increase due to COVID-19.

The county health department staff will be wearing coronavirus personal protective equipment when they administer the vaccine at your vehicle.

The vaccines can also be obtained at the health department by appointment only. Call 330-424-0272 ext. 114 for more information.

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