Virus Deaths in Ohio Senior-Care Centers at New Low

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Health reported the lowest weekly death toll among nursing home residents for novel coronavirus since the state began tracking in congregate care settings in mid-April.

Statistics posted to the state’s website report 89 long-term care residents have died since June 17, bringing the total number of deaths to 1,580. In the Mahoning Valley, there have been 204 deaths in long-term care centers.

As the number of new positive cases among Ohioans is surging, Mahoning County recorded a decrease in new COVID-19 cases among senior-care residents – with current cases totaling 44 – but recorded 10 new deaths, bringing the total number of resident deaths to 150. 

Trumbull County had 17 new positive cases, as two new facilities were added. The weekly number of new cases of COVID-19 among residents is 38, while 11 staff members were infected. 

Columbiana County recorded two new positive cases of the virus among senior care residents and no new cases among staff.

The state reported 611 residents tested positive in the last week bringing the cumulative number to 6,375, and 302 health care staff workers and 3,193 cumulative cases.

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