LISBON — Columbiana County Health District today is reporting 11 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death caused by the coronavirus.
"Community cases are still on the rise, and our disease trackers have been working tirelessly over the last seven months to trace contacts of people who have been exposed to this virus and may develop COVID-19," Laura Fauss, CCHD public information officer, said in a news release.
"Most recently, they were challenged with an outbreak from a community event where one person attending, who was symptomatic, caused illness in at least five other attendees and the quarantine of over 40 others," Fauss said. "Staying home when you are sick, keeping 6 [feet] from others who are not in your household and wearing masks could have prevented this outbreak and additional illnesses.
"As we move forward, with community spread on the rise in this county, we must learn from our past mistakes," Fauss said. "Please follow the public health recommendations and guidance that have been developed to stop the spread of this disease, for the health of all of our residents."
Fauss said the 11 new cases are all general community residents, bringing Columbiana's total cases to 2,147. Of those, 959 are inmates from the federal prison in Elkton, 208 are residents from long-term care facilities and 980 are general community members.
The death was a 65-year-old male who was not a resident of a long-term care facility. Columbiana now has 89 deaths since the pandemic began in March. Nine of the deaths were inmates at the federal prison, 56 were residents at long-term care facilities and 24 were general community members.