Coronavirus Case Update: April 15, 2020

Updated: 2:24 p.m., April 15 | Correct death count from Columbiana County
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – As of Wednesday afternoon, health departments in Ohio are reporting 7,809 total cases of COVID-19, which includes information from the Ohio Department of Health and updates from Mahoning and Columbiana counties.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 26,490 cases.

The ODH reports Mahoning County leads the state in deaths with 41, with Cuyahoga County following with 39 deaths and 1,281 cases. Mahoning County is currently fifth in total case count.

Mahoning County Public Health reported Wednesday 504 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county, of which there have been 195 hospitalizations.

Trumbull County has 199 total cases with 90 hospitalizations and 13 deaths, and there are 123 total cases in Columbiana County, with 78 hospitalizations, reports the ODH.

In its Wednesday morning report, the Columbiana County Health District reported 10 deaths in the county, including five at the Federal Correction Institution Elkton. On Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Prisons reported the fifth inmate to die because of COVID-19 was David Ehle, 71, who was evaluated by medical staff on April 3 and transported to a local hospital for treatment and evaluation due to the inability to maintain an oxygen saturation and noted bilateral pneumonia.

Ehle’s condition declined and he was placed on a ventilator that day. He died on April 14. Ehle was serving a 197-month sentence for receiving child pornography in interstate commerce via computer. He had been in custody at FCI Elkton since June 13, 2012.

Of the total cases in Ohio, the ODH reports 7,628 are confirmed cases. It reported 163 probable cases based on the CDC’s recently expanded case definition. Of the total cases, 2,237 have resulted in hospitalizations and 677 patients in the intensive care unit. There have been 361 total deaths, according to the ODH, which breaks down to 346 confirmed deaths and another 15 “probable” deaths under the CDC expanded diagnosis definition. The median age of those testing positive is 54.

Health-care workers account for 1,606 (21%) of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, and the state reported 71,552 tests conducted, according to the ODH.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports 26,490 confirmed cases Wednesday, compared to 111,094 negative tests. The commonwealth reports 2,391 current hospitalizations with 661 patients on ventilators and 12 on life support. There have been 647 deaths from COVID-19 in the commonwealth since March 6.

According to the department’s hospital preparedness dashboard, 1,514 of the commonwealth’s ventilators are being used by COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients.

Mercer County has 47 total cases and no deaths, while Lawrence County has 55 confirmed cases and five deaths. Mercer County has 30 ventilators available, as well as 26 adult ICU beds, 230 medical/surgical beds, zero pediatric ICU beds and 28 airborne isolation room beds available.

Lawrence County has 12 ventilators available, along with four adult ICU beds, zero pediatric ICU beds, 68 medical/surgical beds and one airborne isolation room beds.

The figures are updated daily by the Ohio Department of Health at 2 p.m. and Pennsylvania Department of Health at noon.

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