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Virus takes two more from care facilities

LISBON — Another two deaths of residents of long-term care facilities are being blamed on the coronavirus, bringing the Columbiana County total to 51.

According to the county Health Department, both deaths are listed as CDC probable deaths with COVID-19 included on their death certificates. One of the deaths was a 94-year-old woman, who died on May 14. The other was an 82-year-old woman, who died on May 15. Both reportedly had underlying health conditions.

The Ohio Department of Health lists 50 deaths in Columbiana County, and refers to only 39 of them as confirmed COVID-19 cases. More than half of the deaths in the county, 27, were long-term care residents.

Additionally, the Ohio Department of Health reports an additional 10 cases bringing the county’s accumulative total to 467. Of those 450 are confirmed. There have now been 127 county residents hospitalized due to COVID-19, an increase of one since Wednesday.

The federal Bureau of Prisons, which has been conducting quick tests of the prison populations, released an increase of nine cases at FCI-Elkton reporting 128 confirmed cases among inmates and eight staff members. The prison reports 68 inmates and 44 staff members have recovered from coronavirus. There have been nine deaths.

Numbers across the state rose more than the 21-day average on Thursday. There were 731 new total cases, 55 new deaths, 97 hospitalizations and 28 ICU admissions.

The state reported the total number of confirmed and probable cases surpassed 30,000 with 28,174 confirmed cases and 1,993 CDC probable cases. Additionally, there are now reported 1,836 total deaths with 183 of those listed as probable cases. The total number of tests conducted in Ohio is less than 3,000 tests short of 300,000.

During the daily press briefing, the state released some proposed openings including bowling alleys, miniature golf, batting cages and skills practice for contact sports on May 26. Additionally, if social distancing can be met with six feet of space between tables, banquet centers and catering can open on June 1 with crowds not to exceed 300 people.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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