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Virus cases in Columbiana County nearly double from last week

LISBON — New COVID-19 case numbers nearly doubled in the county from last week, but still remain nearly three and a half times lower than the middle of December when nearly 500 new cases were reported in a week.

Another three deaths have been added to the numbers, all three of which occurred in early January as the state health department continues to audit the data and find deaths which were missed. All three were men and residents of the general community — a 94-year-old and two 77-year-olds. There have now been 181 confirmed deaths of county residents related to COVID-19.

According to Laura Fauss, public information and mass vaccination coordinator for the county health department, the number of new coronavirus cases since Friday, Feb. 12 increased by 143, which was up from 73 reported the week before. This past week was an average of 20.4 new cases per day and there have now been 7,964 positive cases in the county since the beginning of the pandemic 11 months ago.

To date, Fauss reports 7,677 residents have recovered after testing positive with COVID-19, which is out of the possible 7,783 cases. There are 106 active cases, which is down from a week ago when there were 131 active cases and the week prior to that with 199 active cases.

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