SIDNEY — The 25th positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Shelby County was reported Thursday night on the Sidney-Shelby County Health Department’s Facebook page. the person is a man in his 80s.
The range of ages who have tested positive for COVID-19 are two women in their 20s; one man and two women in their 30s; one man and three women in their 40s; three men and three women in their 50s; three men and four women in their 60s; one man and one woman in their 79s; and one man in his 80s.
Upon notification of a positive COVID-19 case, health department staff will begin a thorough investigation by contacting the person who tested positive and obtaining a list of that person’s close contacts. Those people are then contacted and advised that they need to quarantine at home and monitor symptoms.
No additional personal information about the residents will be provided in order to protect personal privacy.
Also on their Facebook page Thursday night, the health department officials posted a statement concerning a rumor that a county resident had died of the virus.
“We have been made aware there are speculations of a death in Shelby County. the health department is not aware of any death related to COVID 19 in Shelby County. Once we are notified of a death we will release the information and update our Facebook page.,” the post stated.
The health department’s Friday update shows 20% of those who have tested positive are healthcare workers or first responders. Six people have recovered from the virus while 19 have not recovered. Seven people are hospitalized while 18 have not been hospitalized.
The health department also posted additional information about testing results in the county.
“There are various reasons for the increase of numbers we are seeing,” the officials wrote.
1) There are more laboratories that are able to do testing now than when the pandemic started
2) Some laboratories are able to give results in 2-3 days, others are still 5-10 days
3) Some hospitals are able to offer the rapid result testing
4) Some patients that were tested have been retested and have had a positive result (The department does not have data for Shelby County at this time). See below for information on this.
The site also shared information from the CDC about the testing:
“What does it mean if the specimen tests negative for the virus that causes COVID-19? A negative test result for this test means that SARSCoV-2 RNA was not present in the specimen above the limit of detection. However, a negative result does not rule out COVID-19 and should not be used as the sole basis for treatment or patient management decisions. A negative result does not exclude the possibility of COVID-19. When diagnostic testing is negative, the possibility of a false negative result should be considered in the context of a patient’s recent exposures and the presence of clinical signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19.”
In Auglaize County, there are nine positive cases with three hospitalization and one death. Darke County has 41 positive cases with eight deaths recorded. There are three hospitalizations. In Miami County, there have been 14 deaths and 44 hospitalizations and 113 positive cases. Logan County has seven positive cases with one hospitalization.
As of 2 p.m., Friday, the state of Ohio is reporting a change in how the CDC is reporting positive COVID-19 cases across the state. There are 5,936 cnfirmed cases in Ohio with 42 CDC exanded case definiation (probable) for a total of 5,878 cases There are 1,755 people hospitalized with 548 ICU admissions. There have been 227 confirmed deaths with four CDCV expanded death findinations (probable) for a total of 231 deaths.
The health department suggests people take the following precautions:
• Practice social distancing of 6 feet or more
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
• Cover your coughs and sneezes
• Stay at home if you are sick
• Avoid exposure to others who are sick
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
• Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surface.
• Follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Ohio Department of Health.