Positive Virus Tests for Nursing Home Residents Passes 10K

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – There have been 10,289 residents and 3,743 staff members in long-term care facilities who have tested positive for coronavirus since April 15, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Statistics released by the state Wednesday show 1,125 new positive cases of COVID-19, the disease spread by coronavirus, over the last week. The cumulative number of positive resident cases is 5,911. Data also shows 482 staff members tested positive, bringing the number of cumulative staff cases to 2,695.

In the Mahoning Valley, 128 new residents were infected by the coronavirus, with 126 of the cases occurring in Mahoning County. Data shows 51 staff members also tested positive between May 27 and June 3. 

Experts say the number of positive cases will continue to climb as more testing is being made available and the Ohio National Guard assists in testing workers and residents at these facilities. The National Guard began testing this week and results should be reflected in next week’s report. The list is updated on Wednesday. 

This week’s statistics updated the number of cases by  county, but mortality statistics were not updated. 

Besides the 126 new cases in Mahoning County, there are 525 cumulative cases among residents and 226 cumulative cases among staff. 

Columbiana County had two new cases among residents last week and 77 cumulative cases, while no staff members tested positive. The cumulative number of staff members testing positive is 13. 

In Trumbull County, there were no new infections for residents, but 50 cumulative cases. Four positive cases were recorded for staff members, bringing the cumulative number of cases to 17.

Data on coronavirus cases and deaths began being reported shortly after Gov. Mike DeWine ordered the information to be made public and posted on the state’s website. Confirmed and probable COVID-19 deaths of residents in senior care centers stands at 1,073. The Ohio Department of Health only updated numbers of coronavirus cases and not the number of deaths. 

The data dates back to April 15. Cumulative totals do not include patients or staff who have recovered.

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