LISBON — Columbiana County’s rising coronavirus numbers can in part be attributed to a rise in cases at a long-term care facility, according the county Health Commissioner Wes Vins on Friday.
Currently, Columbiana County has 1,578 accumulative cases, which public information officer Laura Fauss said includes 1,468 who have recovered. Of the 1,578 cases, 956 were inmates from the federal prison, 110 are residents from long-term care facilities and 512 are community members. There has been an increase of 61 community positives since last Friday.
Vins said some of those general community positives can be linked to health care workers who had been serving those from a long-term care facility. There has been a 15-case increase in long-term care facility cases. Several other cases are asymptomatic with people being found due to sports teams being tested, businesses serving as a testing site and people being prescreened prior to surgery.
Those asymptomatic people who test positive are being asked to isolate for 10 days and those who are deemed a contact are asked to quarantine for 14 days.
There have been no additional deaths reported, a number which remains at 60. Another number that has barely increased is hospitalizations with the Ohio Department of Health listing Columbiana County with 168.
On Thursday, the county was moved from level one yellow to level two orange on the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, meeting two of the seven indicators regarding exposure and spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. However, Vins said that does not mean a change to the back-to-school plans for every school district in Columbiana County.
Instead, Vins said the health department has promised the school superintendents […]