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County COVID toll: 85 deaths, 2,005 cases

LISBON — Columbiana County has reached the milestone of more than 2,000 coronavirus cases and added three more deaths to the list of residents whose deaths have been connected to COVID-19.

On Wednesday, the county health department released information pertaining to the deaths of two women and one man. The man was 92 years old, while the women were ages 90 and 77. One was a resident of a long-term care facility, while the others were members of the general community.

In addition to the 85 deaths, Columbiana County has now seen an increase of 14 positive COVID-19 cases since Monday, bringing the total to 2,005. There have now been 207 residents of long-term care facilities, with the addition of five new cases. Nine of the new cases were members of the general community of which there have now been 839. The largest number of cases continues to be from FCI-Elkton, which had 959 cases, although none of the recent new cases have been from the prison.

With the new additional cases, Laura Fauss, the public information officer from the county health department, said it is important to remember the virus remains here in our community and even though people grow weary of hearing it, social distancing and wearing masks is the only current defense for people.

The health department has planned flu vaccine events for the upcoming season and would like to see as many people as possible vaccinated to prevent the need for the community health systems to deal with both a flu outbreak and another possible wave of coronavirus. The health department plans to be in Salineville at the Kiwanis Building from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Then from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the flu vaccines will be given at Columbiana St. Jude Church.

Epidemiologist Jamie Elenz said they would like to hold the clinics as drive-up events but are still attempting to work out the details. The flu vaccines will be available at the health department, but people are asked to call for an appointment, then the vaccine will be given right in the car. Additionally, the health department has high dose vaccines for seniors, the shingles vaccine and the pneumonia vaccine available.

Insurance will be billed for those who have it, but others can pay out of pocket $25 for the regular flu vaccine and $50 for the high dose vaccine. Children without insurance can receive the flu vaccine for free.

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