Wednesday, September 30th, 2020

Auglaize reports 2 new virus deaths

By Leslie Gartrell
WAPAKONETA - Two new deaths from COVID-19 were reported in Auglaize County on Tuesday, as 18 new confirmed cases raised the county's total to 573.
In Mercer County, seven new cases increased its total to 1,061.
The newest deaths in Auglaize County involved a man and woman, both between 80 and 100 years old, according to a county health department news release.
Nine of the 18 new cases involve men. Their ages are 27, 32, 42, 52, 57, 65, 66, 81 and 86. The 66-year-old and 86-year-old are hospitalized while the rest are self-isolating. The women's ages are 38, 47, 49, 64, 76, two are 31 and two are 63. A 63-year-old woman is hospitalized while the rest are self-isolating, according to the release.
County health officials also reported 102 probable cases, 57 total hospitalizations, 503 people who have recovered and 12 deaths. Of the 675 confirmed and probable cases, 160 are active.
In Mercer County, the county has dropped from No. 1 in the state for highest incidence rates to No. 2, according to a health district news release. The county has seen 252.6 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past two weeks.
Officials reminded the public that the incidence rate is updated twice a week and is significant for a couple of reasons.
"First, it is looking at the number of new cases over the past two weeks," the release reads. "This gives a better idea of the direction things are trending than we would get if we just looked at the incidence rate over the entire pandemic, as it is reported in the CDC county-level data."
The incidence rate is reported in new cases per 100,000 population to make valid comparisons between rates of occurrence of new cases in different jurisdictions, according to the release.
Officials also reported 94 probable cases, 982 people who have recovered, 78 pending tests, 3,514 negative test results, six hospitalizations, 17 deaths and two probable deaths from COVID-19. Of the 1,061 cases, 58 are active.
In addition, officials said the health district will issue news releases only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. However, the health district will continue to post updates on its Facebook page daily.
As of Tuesday evening, the Ohio Department of Health reported 152,907 confirmed and probable cases in the state, 15,413 hospitalizations and 4,783 confirmed and probable deaths from COVID-19.

COVID-19 data:
Ohio cases  152,907
Ohio deaths  4,783
Mercer Co. cases  1,061
Mercer Co. deaths  17
Auglaize Co. cases  573
Auglaize Co. deaths  12
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