Virus cases continue to rise

LISBON — While the number of cases has continued to rise in Columbiana County, the number of hospitalizations and deaths have remained nearly the same.

Over the three-day holiday weekend, Columbiana County cases have increased by 90, bringing the total to 1,318 on Monday morning. According to Public Information Officer Laura Fauss, 72 of those new cases can be attributed to the FCI-Elkton prison and four to long-term care facilities. That brings the number of cases at FCI-Elkton to 860 and the long-term care facility cases to 88 residents.

The other 14 cases are community members. While the 14 cases are not being broken out by location, it is possible at least some of those could be connected to the pop-up testing site conducted at the Community Action Agency in Lisbon by medics from the Ohio National Guard a week ago. There were 275 people tested at the event and those tested began receiving the results from their test late last week.

There have been no more deaths reported in the county, which had its 60th death reported last Tuesday. The number of hospitalizations is now 155, which is an increase of four since Thursday.

Ohio numbers also have been on a rise over the holiday weekend. The total number of cases has increased to 57,956, an increase of about 2,700 since Thursday. There have now been 8,249 Ohioans hospitalized since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. The Ohio Hospital Association reports 837 are currently hospitalized after a positive coronavirus test and 267 are currently in the Intensive Care Units throughout the state.

There were 16 deaths in the past 24 hours in the state bringing the total to 2,927.



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