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Prison COVID positives total 335

LISBON — The number of Columbiana County coronavirus cases jumped by 22 again on Wednesday and the county health department determined 25 more of the new cases from this past week of big increases were inmates from the FCI-Elkton federal prison facility.

There were no new deaths reported in the county and only one additional hospitalization. The additional cases bring the county’s case number to 682 with nearly half of those, 335, inmates from the FCI-Elkton prison. The facility recently has increased the testing of inmates following a court order from a federal judge.

Just Sunday the county’s coronavirus case number was reported at 478, but it has increased by more than 200 cases in just three days.

The last death of an FCI-Elkton prison inmate was reported 20 days ago on May 8. The federal Bureau of Prisons is now reporting 286 inmates and seven staff members are currently positive for COVID-19. Another 80 inmates and 46 staff members have recovered after testing positive.

Only the Forest City Low-FCI prison in Arkansas currently has more federal prison coronavirus cases, according to the BOP website.

On Wednesday, the U.S. reportedly went over 100,000 deaths from the pandemic. The state of Ohio has had 1,842 confirmed deaths and 202 CDC probable deaths. Ohio’s cases increased to 31,191 confirmed cases with an additional 2,248 probable cases. The number of hospitalizations has increased to 5,700 with 1,492 ICU admissions.

While the median age of Ohioans testing positive for coronavirus has fallen to 49, the median age of those dying from the disease in Ohio is 81.

According to the Ohio Hospital Association, 885 Ohioans remain hospitalized with coronavirus with 313 in an ICU department and 217 on a ventilator. The 885 hospitalized is below the 14-day average of 915.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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