LIMA — Allen County saw two new deaths and 12 new cases of COVID-19 in results released at 2 p.m. Thursday by the Ohio Department of Health, bringing the county up to 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
Putnam County also reported its third death, as well as 24 new cases, many related to the outbreak in a long-term care facility.
One of the Allen County deaths was a 53-year-old female, who died Friday. Her onset of symptoms was April 14 and she was hospitalized. The other death was a 90-year-old male, who died Sunday. His onset of symptoms was April 7.
Allen County and Putnam County both showed that expanded testing means more identified cases.
Putnam County identified 24 new cases in a one-day span, more than doubling the 23 reported on Wednesday.
“With additional cases reported, the Putnam County Health Department and the Meadows of Leipsic continue to work together to conduct contact tracing and alert those who may be at increased risk,” Kim Rieman, health commissioner in Putnam County, stated in a press release. “There will be a significant increase in the cases reported on the daily updates provided by the Ohio Department of Health and the Putnam County Health Department.”
According to the Ohio Department of Health’s long-term facilities data, the Meadows of Leipsic reported 12 resident cases and four staff cases.
“Despite many providers’ best efforts, including stringent infection control measures and screening protocols, the virus, which can be transmitted by asymptomatic carriers, continues to find its way into facilities that are home to the country’s most vulnerable population,” state a press release from Trilogy Health Services, LLC. “As COVID-19 continues to work its way through the country, The Meadows of Leipsic, located in Leipsic, Ohio, has experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases.”
Rieman noted there’s no way to know for sure how the illness was introduced at the Leipsic facility.
“This very sad situation just emphasizes the importance of continuing to practice the preventive measures such as social distancing, handwashing and wearing face coverings or masks,” Rieman said.