General community virus cases pass prison total

LISBON — The death of an 87-year-old woman is being attributed to the coronavirus, the 88th death in the county. The woman was a resident of a long-term care facility.

According to Laura Fauss, public information officer of the county health department, there have now been 56 residents of long-term care facilities die from complications of COVID-19. Additionally, the county has lost 23 members of the general community and nine inmates from the FCI-Elkton prison.

Since Oct. 16, the county has seen an increase of 75 new coronavirus cases with all of them members of the general community, not residents of long-term care facilities, the prison or other congregate care settings. The number of general community cases, 969 since the beginning of the pandemic, now outpace the 959 inmates at the federal prison who contracted the illness early on.

Of the 2,048 county residents who have survived contracting COVID-19 at this point, 1,948 are considered recovered from the disease.

Although the numbers of coronavirus positive tests have been counted since the beginning of the pandemic, one of the numbers unknown has been the number of tests given. County health commissioner Wes Vins said the local departments are only notified when there is a resident in the county testing positive and have been asking for the number of tests for months. The number of those testing negative and inconclusive would help the county determine a percentage of positive tests, which is a better indicator when so many are being tested.

Vins said on Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine’s office has now put in place a requirement that all tests are reported, even those which are negative or inconclusive. Vins believes it may be sometime in November before the numbers are released, which could be by region or county.


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