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Columbiana reports 40 new COVID-19 cases since Saturday

All of the county’s 40 new cases since Saturday live in the community, according to the district.
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LISBON — Columbiana County today reported 40 new COVID-19 cases since Saturday. There have been a total of 2,187 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the county to date. 

All of the county’s 40 new cases since Saturday live in the community, according to the district.

Inmates of Federal Correctional Institution Elkton account for 959 of the total cases; residents of long-term care facilities such as nursing homes account for 208 cases; and another 1,020 cases have lived in the community.

In its Monday release, the health district listed outbreaks in the county, including: 

  • A faith-based community dinner and youth group event, which resulted in 10 cases and 150 people quarantined;
  • An outdoor gathering, which resulted in one potential case and six people quarantined;
  • An indoor wedding, which resulted in three positive cases and 12 people quarantined;
  • An indoor funeral, which resulted in four positive cases and 36 people quarantined; and 
  • A sports event where a symptomatic students played, which resulted in one possible cases and 55 people quarantined. 

A total of 89 virus-related deaths have been reported to date. 

The Bureau of Prisons as of Friday reported only one active infection of an inmate at FCI Elkton.

FCI Elkton has the 2nd-highest number of cumulative cases in the federal prison system, behind a low-security facility in Seagoville, Tx. It also has the 4th-highest number of total deaths.

As of Sunday, another 1,919 people were presumed to have recovered from the virus in the county, according to the health district. 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, 917 inmates and 54 employees have recovered from COVID-19, according to the bureau.

A total 236 people have been hospitalized in the county as of Sunday, according to ODH.

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

The county has reported 88 new COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks, or 86.37 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.

All of the county’s new cases from Oct. 14 to Oct. 20 were reported outside congregate settings such as long-term care or correctional facilities, up from 95 percent the week prior and 91 percent three weeks ago. 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.

As of Sunday, Columbiana County had the 23rd-highest total number of cases in the state, as well as the 12th-highest total deaths, according to ODH.