Thursdays bring updates of the Ohio Public Advisory Health System and of the reporting of new and cumulative cases of COVID-19 in Ohio schools.
Richland County remained at Level Three/Red this week, one of 56 Ohio counties at that level. Locally, five of the seven indicators were triggered — the only two not met were new hospital admissions and ICU occupany.
Overall, the county had an increase of 359 cases in the last two weeks, resulting in a current case rate of 296.32 per 100,000 population — up over 100 cases in the last week alone (see Richland Public Health tweet below).
Among Richland County schools, some 27 students and staff were newly reported with COVID-19 cases. Below are district/schools that reported those cases (note that this does not include cumulative cases):
Clear Fork — 3 students, 1 staff
Lexington — 3 students, 3 staff
Madison Local — 2 students, 4 staff
Mansfield City — 1 student, 6 staff
Ontario — 1 student, 2 staff
St. Peter’s — 1 student
According to the Department of Health, “A report of COVID-19 should not be interpreted as an indicator that a school district or school isn’t following proper procedures—school cases can be a reflection of the overall situation in the broader community. Families and staff should always feel free to ask questions of the school district or school.”
— Richland Health (@RichlandHealth1) November 5, 2020