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Columbiana County reports 334 new COVID-19 cases since Friday

Of the county’s 334 new cases, 331 live in the community, one is a resident of long-term care facilities and two are incarcerated at the federal prison.
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LISBON — Columbiana County today reported 334 new COVID-19 cases since Friday. There have been a total of 3,017 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the county to date.

The district "strongly recommends" limiting Thanksgiving gatherings to only household members due to "the steep increase of community spread." The district's Thursday release included a flyer providing ideas for safely connecting with family during the Thanksgiving holiday, including delivering plates of food to older loved ones, sharing recipes and playing games with family members using video conferencing. 

Of the county's total cases, about 715 are presumed to be active cases. Of the county’s 334 new cases, 331 live in the community, one is a resident of long-term care facilities and two are incarcerated at the federal prison, according to the district.

Inmates of Federal Correctional Institution Elkton account for 961 of the total cases; residents of long-term care facilities such as nursing homes account for 223 cases; and another 1,833 cases have come from within the community.

The county reported three new deaths, including a 71-year-old female and an 89-year-old male who were residents of a long-term care facility and a 59-year-old male who was not a resident of a long-term care facility.

A total of 95 virus-related deaths have been reported to date.

The Bureau of Prisons as of Wednesday reported seven active infections — four employees and three people incarcerated at the prison. FCI Elkton has the second-highest number of cumulative cases in the federal prison system, behind a low-security facility in Seagoville, Texas. It also has the fourth-highest number of total deaths.

As of Wednesday, 2,207 people were presumed to have recovered from the virus in the county, according to the Ohio Department of Health. The Ohio Department of Health measures that metric as the number of COVID-19 patients whose symptoms reportedly began more than 21 days ago but who have not died.

At FCI Elkton, 54 employees and 903 incarcerated people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the bureau.

Columbiana County last week remained at the state’s level 2 “orange” alert status under the Ohio Public Health Advisory System map, as the county meets three of the state’s seven risk indicators for coronavirus spread:

  • The county has reported 278 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, or 272.86 new cases per 100,000 population. Counties meet this indicator when they report more than 50 new cases in the past two weeks per 100,000 people.

  • Between 72 and 97 percent of the county’s new cases in the last three weeks were reported outside group settings such as long-term care or correctional facilities. Counties meet that indicator when more than 50 percent of new cases from at least one of the last three weeks were reported outside a group setting.

  • The average number of outpatient visits for COVID-19-like illness increased for six consecutive days, between Oct. 31 and Nov. 6. Counties meet this indicator when they experience a five-consecutive-day increase in outpatient visits within the past three weeks.

As of Wednesday, Columbiana County had the 26th-highest total number of cases in the state, as well as the 13th-highest total deaths, according to ODH.