By 1812Blockhouse

With the Thanksgiving holiday providing a one-day respite on reporting of COVID-19 cases, the Ohio Department of Health shared new statistics that covered both Thursday and Friday.

That two day total revealed that Ohio’s number of new cases grew by 17,065 during those two days, bringing the total to 399,908.

It is all but certain that the next update will take the state’s total over 400,000.

The total number of deaths now stands at 6,346, up 72 from Wednesday’s figure.

Because of its closure on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday, Richland Public Health did not share its regular end-of-week update.

Figures for Ohio’s school districts and private schools was released over the holiday, and show that Richland County’s educational institutions reported 42 new student cases of COVID-19 this past week, as well as 25 staff cases, for a total of 67.

These cases came from 14 different districts or private schools, including the following:

  • Clear Fork –4 students, 4 staff
  • Crestview — 1 student, 0 staff
  • Foundation Academy — 1 student, 2 staff
  • Lexington–71 students, 2 staff
  • Lucas — 11 students, 3 staff
  • Madison –9 students, 3 staff
  • Mansfield City — 5 students, 6 staff
  • Ontario — 1 student, 2 staff
  • Pioneer — 3 students, 0 staff
  • Plymouth-Shiloh — 2 students, 2 staff
  • Shelby — 5 students, 1 staff
  • St. Mary Preschool — 1 student, 0 staff
  • St. Mary — 1 student, 0 staff
  • Richland School of Academic Arts — 1 student, 0 staff

A week ago, the number of reported cases at Richland County schools stood at 54, and at 34 the week before then.

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.”

Sources: Ohio Department of Health; Image by Yogendra Singh from Pixabay

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