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Youngstown State University reports 22 positive cases since June

Only one of the 22 cases is currently active. The student lives off-campus and is in isolation, a YSU official said.
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YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State University has reported 22 positive COVID-19 cases since June 1, which includes students and employees both living on- and off-campus.

Currently, there is only one active case since the start of the semester on Aug. 17. The one positive case is a student who lives in isolation and lives off-campus, said Julie Gentile, director of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety at YSU.

The other cases are no longer active and presumed recovered.

Gov. Mike DeWine shared data during his press conference on Thursday that showed Ohioans aged 18 to 22 account for between 35 to 40 percent of all coronavirus cases among Ohioans 29 years old and younger.

Dr. Emily Frantz, an epidemiologist for Youngstown City Health Department, said the average age reported for positive coronavirus cases in Mahoning County on Thursday was 46.3 years old. In March, the average age was 66.

Age seems to be trending downward but it is fluctuating, Frantz said.

“I wouldn't be surprised if we see more (as predicted) after Labor Day and start of the school year,” Frantz said in an email.

All the cases at the university are voluntarily reported through YSU's online reporting system.

YSU is working with the city health department to prepare a dashboard with real-time reporting to keep students, employees and the public informed on the number of COVID-19 cases on campus. Currently, the university is using spreadsheets and word of mouth to keep track of cases.