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County reports 59th virus death, cases continue to rise

LISBON — The death of a 57-year-old resident of a long-term care facility, a woman with underlying health conditions, was reported connected to the COVID-19 virus this week.

The county health department released information about the death on Friday. The woman is the 59th death in the county and the 32nd resident of a long-term care facility to die from complications from the disease.

The county’s numbers also jumped another 52 cases on Friday, bringing the county’s total number of coronavirus cases to 1,100. However, public information officer Laura Fauss of the health department also said at this point, the county believes 1,009 of the county’s cases have recovered. With 59 deaths, that leaves 32 known active cases in Columbiana County.

The increase is believed to be related to the FCI-Elkton prison, which is doing additional testing. The prison now accounts for 680 cases, which is an increase of 52 since Thursday’s numbers were released. The prison accounts for nine of the county’s deaths, although there has not been a death of a prison inmate for seven weeks. The last two deaths in the county were reported just over a week ago.

Even as the numbers grow, Fauss said it is important to remember that there have been only 336 known community cases, which are cases not related to congregate facilities where many people live in close quarters. With a population of about 105,000, Fauss said the health department believes the number reflects the hard work the Columbiana County residents exercised to put a stop to the spread of COVID-19.

“As we head into summer it is important that we continue that hard work,” Fauss added. “We understand that it is not fun or convenient, but it is important to continue wearing masks and practicing physical distancing when in public places to protect our community.”

A pop-up testing site will be available for anyone wanting to be tested for COVID-19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at the Lisbon Community Health Center on Lincole Place. There will be signs pointing which way to go for the drive-up testing event, which will be conducted by medics from for Ohio National Guard and the Community Action Agency. Bring a photo ID and an insurance card. There is no out-of-pocket cost.

Ohio also had a big jump in cases with 987 new cases reported Friday from the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 48,638. There were 16 deaths reported across the state, which is five below the daily average for the past three weeks.

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