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Columbiana County reports 1 new COVID-19 case, 1 new death

All inmates of FCI Elkton in Lisbon have been tested for COVID-19, according to a spokesperson. Of the prison's active cases, none are presenting symptoms of the virus.
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LISBON — Columbiana County Health District is reporting a total 1,218 cases of COVID-19 to-date in the county, one more than reported Monday.

The district also reported one new COVID-19-related death. The 63-year-old male was a resident of a long-term care facility who had underlying health conditions, according to a Tuesday release.

Sixty total county residents have died of COVID-19 to-date, including 33 long-term care facility residents and nine inmates at Federal Correctional Institution Elkton. Of those deaths, 33 were men and 27 were women, with ages ranging from 43 to 96 years old.

The district expected an increase in positive cases last week as the Ohio National Guard conducted virus testing at long-term care facilities in the county. The district did not announce which locations were tested.

District spokesperson Laura Fauss said Tuesday the district hasn't implemented and local restrictions and is following state officials' lead on ordered closures and restrictions.

The county's figures include statistics from the cities of East Liverpool and Salem and FCI Elkton, a low-security facility that houses about 2,400 inmates.

On Tuesday morning, the federal Bureau of Prisons reported 243 active cases of COVID-19 at FCI Elkton, including 236 cases among inmates and seven among staff. The most recent COVID-19 death of a prison inmate was reported May 8.

According to a bureau spokesperson, all FCI Elkton inmates have been tested for COVID-19. Of the prison's active cases, none of the inmates are presenting symptoms of the virus. Those asymptomatic inmates are quarantined in the prison, as they do not require hospital care, according to the spokesperson.

"As testing resources have become more available, we are testing our inmate population more broadly, which is helping us to quickly identify and isolate positive cases to rapidly flatten the curve when outbreaks occur," said spokesperson Emery Nelson. "As a result of our expanded testing capabilities and the BOP’s robust pandemic plan, we currently have more staff and inmates recovered from COVID-19 than are positive."

The bureau in April stopped sending new inmates to the prison, after calls from federal legislators including U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson of Marietta, R-6th, and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Cincinnati, R-OH.

A federal court in May ordered the release of more than 800 FCI Elkton inmates identified as "medically vulnerable" to the virus.

The bureau reported 579 inmates and 46 employees have recovered from COVID-19.

The prison's total numbers of active cases is the second-highest among federal prisons with confirmed cases, behind a low-security facility in Butner, N.C. FCI Elkton's total number of deaths is the fourth-highest.