Reports of increases in the number of positive coronavirus cases, especially in southern Ohio, continued this week as 35 cases were reported at Hillspring of Springboro.
The cases at Hillspring, on East Central Avenue, emerged after testing the entire facility in recent days, Warren County Health Commissioner Duane Stansbury said. Seven of those tests involved people who were not showing any signs or symptoms of the virus, Stansbury said.
The facility initially reported three cases to the state from tests that came back positive late last week and early this week. Those tests prompted the Warren County Combined Health District and Hillspring of Springboro to test all employees and residents at the location, Stansbury said.
Approximately 250 to 260 tests were administered at the facility and results came back during the last two days. The positivity rate for the facility would be between 13.5 and 14 percent.
Stansbury said officials at Hillspring of Springboro have done everything they should have and took previous visits from Ohio Department of Health to assist in establishing proper protocol.
The report from Hillspring of Springboro come as Gov. Mike DeWine continues to focus on testing, that counties where positive cases are spiking will get the attention of his specialized congregant care teams.
Some things you ought to know today:
- POP-UP TESTING continues throughout the state. Here’s the map with locations.
- Federal money is on the way to help Montgomery County residents who are struggling paying rent, mortgages or utility bills.
- Vaccine update: The White House Coronavirus Task Force announced that three coronavirus vaccines are on schedule to potentially be available to Americans by the end of the year. Those three candidates are currently in the human testing phase. Other vaccine candidates also may get support from the federal government.
- Ohio 2-1-1: The Ohio Department of Health will continue funding for the valuable 2-1-1 service as Ohio enters into the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, DeWine said. 2-1-1 is a phone service that connects thousands of Ohioans to local non-profit and government services for health care, food and meals, housing, transportation, mental health, and legal services. Ohioans can also dial 877-721-8476 to get connected to 2-1-1.
LATEST STATE DATA: As of Sunday afternoon, there have been at least 50,309 confirmed or probable cases in the state, 2,807 deaths, and 7,681 hospitalizations, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
The case increase from yesterday is 987. There were 16 new deaths reported and 68 new hospitalizations.
Ohio has an estimated population of approximately 11.7 million, census records show.
Of the state’s positive cases, 10% are from Ohio’s prisons. At those prisons, there has been an increase in testing.
A total of 753,246 people have been tested in Ohio.
In the state, 6,908 cases are health care workers, which is 15 percent of the cases.
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