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Mahoning leads Valley in COVID-19 nursing home cases

Mahoning County continues to have the most active cases of COVID-19 in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in the the Mahoning Valley.

It has 39 cases, 11 of them among patients and 28 among staff.

This week’s Ohio Department of Health data indicates there are still 25 Mahoning County facilities that have from one to three cases each.

Because of vaccinations among residents of nursing homes, those numbers are tiny compared to the numbers reported in December.

The number of virus cases is now down to two in Trumbull County facilities and three in Columbiana County facilities.

There is one staff case in each of two Trumbull facilities. There are two patient cases in one Columbiana County facility and one staff case in another Columbiana County facility.

Statewide, there were 795 patient cases in nursing homes this week compared to 992 last week. There were 590 staff cases this week, down from 705 last week.

The number of nursing home deaths reported this week among Mahoning Valley long-term care facilities increased, but by a smaller amount than last week.

Mahoning County’s number of deaths rose from 275 last week to 277 this week. Trumbull County’s total rose from 168 last week to 173 this week. Columbiana County’s total rose from 73 to 75.

The ODH website warns that the newest death numbers may still be affected by corrections to the data being made by ODH as a result of some nursing home deaths not being counted in October, November and December.

Staff cases of COVID-19 at the private Northeast Ohio Correctional Center in Youngstown remained at nine this week, and the number of inmate cases remained at one.

The number of staff cases at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown rose from one to four. The number of inmate cases remained at zero.

The number of staff cases at the Trumbull Correctional Institution in Leavittsburg rose from two to three, and inmate cases remained at zero.

erunyan@tribtoday.com

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