Columbiana County to Give Weekly COVID-19 Updates

LISBON, Ohio – Updates on Columbiana County COVID-19 cases will now be released by the county health district weekly on Fridays rather than daily.

According to public information officer Laura Fauss, updated graphs will be provided by the health district, with other other daily COVID-19 information available from the Ohio Department of Health website. The health district will, however, continue to provide COVID-19 deaths of county residents as they occur, Fauss said.

On Monday, the department reported two additional deaths, bringing the total deaths of county residents from COVID-19 to 37. One of the latest deaths was that of a 65-year-old male with no underlying health conditions and the other of a 66-year-old male inmate of Federal Corrections Institution Elkton who had pre-existing health issues.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons also reported the May 8 death of Elkton inmate Michael Brookwalter, 56, who had been evaluated April 6 by the prison health services department, which treated him for fever and low oxygen saturation.

Brookwalter was transported April 8 to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and placed on a ventilator. He had long-term pre-existing medical conditions prior to his death, according to the BOP.

Brookwalter was sentenced in the Central District of Illinois to 210 months for sexual exploitation of a minor and enticement of a minor and had been at FCI Elkton since September 2018.

The BOP reported Monday afternoon that 92 Elkton inmates and 12 staff members are positive with the virus and that 45 inmates and 40 staff members have recovered from it.

Joseph Mayle, president of the FCI Elkton Law Enforcement Officers Union, reported Monday 14 inmates hospitalized, with six on ventilators, 47 in quarantine, 78 in isolation and 50 staff members positive.

Both the BOP and Mayle reported nine inmate deaths.

The Ohio Department of Health reported Monday afternoon 336 cases of COVID-19 in Columbiana County, including 117 hospitalizations and 37 deaths.

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