Ross Health District Records Largest Single-Day COVID-19 Increase, Friday

Ross County recorded its largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases, Friday. The Ross County Health District issued the following release on Friday, June 26th:

As of 10:00 am on June 26, 2020, the Ross County Health District has received reports of 7 new COVID-19 Cases in Ross County. This is the largest new case per day increase in COVID-19 cases in Ross County. The previous largest increase of new cases per day in Ross County was 4 new cases reported on May 8, 2020. This brings the total COVID-19 case count for Ross County to 95 since the first Ross County case was reported on March 30, 2020. Of the 7 new cases reported on June 26th , 4 of the cases are inmates at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution and 3 of the cases are residents of Ross County. As of 10:00 am on June 26 th, no hospitalizations have been reported related to the 7 new cases.

The Ross County Health District has been working with Ohio Department of Corrections and the Ohio Department of Health in response to the increase in COVID-19 activity in the local prison institution to ensure spread of COVID-19 is minimized among the inmate population and workforce.

The Ross County Health District urges all to continue taking necessary precautions to limit spread of COVID-19 now that many businesses and workplaces are re-opened. Through investigation of COVID-19 cases that occur in Ross County, 19% of the Ross County Cases have been confirmed as “Community Spread” where the case investigation could not link the positive case with exposure to other known positive cases of COVID-19. This indicates that the COVID-19 virus remains active within Ross County and all should take necessary precautions to limit spread of COVID-19.

The Ross County Health District is also observing average age of cases in Ross County occurring more frequently in younger adults. Ross County COVID-19 cases that occurred prior to May 1st had an average age of 52. Ross County COVID-19 cases that have occurred since June 1 st , 2020 have an average age of 36, while the average age of cases that occurred in the month of May 2020 had an average age of 48.

To limit COVID-19 spread, it is important to wash hands often, wear a face covering or mask when in the public and while at work, stay six feet from others, and stay home if sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. It is also important to avoid crowded areas or places where social distancing and physical distancing is not possible, especially for those who are vulnerable or have underlying health issues.

For more information about COVID-19 activity n Ross County, visit rosscountyhealth.org. To report a COVID-19 related complaints visit rosscountyhealth.org/covid-19complaint/

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