County COVID-19 cases increases by 13


Memory care residents, staff tested

SIDNEY — Ohio Living Dorothy Love has experienced a recent rise in COVID-19 cases among residents of the memory care unit in the health care center. Most of these individuals are not experiencing symptoms at this time. Notifications have been made to the center’s residents, families and staff.

“We continue to work in partnership with our medical director, Sidney-Shelby County Health Department and Ohio Department of Health,” said Executive Director Trisha Atwood.

After the first resident diagnosis on Aug. 23, testing immediately began for all residents of the memory care unit, followed by all residents of the health care east unit. Wilson Health provided Ohio Living with test swabs and use of their lab, providing results within 24 hours.

“We are monitoring vital signs of all health care center residents and checking for symptoms three times per day. Admissions to long-term care and short-term rehab from outside the campus are suspended until further notice. Outdoor visitation is also suspended for the health care center and assisted living,” said Atwood.

Ohio Living Dorothy Love is a faith-based, charitable organization that has been serving vulnerable older adults in Ohio since 1922.

“We’re dedicated to providing continued transparency and our utmost effort to protect our residents, patients and employees during this time and beyond. We continue to employ aggressive protective measures for residents and staff,” she said.

The following are some of Ohio Living’s ongoing procedures and protocols for COVID-19:

• Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) equipment has been installed in the skilled nursing center and assisted living ventilation systems. This is a UV-C disinfection method generally used by hospitals.

• Ohio Living has purchased two mobile UV-C systems to disinfect rooms and large pieces of equipment, and one will be brought here as needed.

• Ohio Living uses a UV-C sterile wand to disinfect surfaces including over-the-bed tables, handrails, and PPE.

• Ohio Living have an agreement with Battelle for sanitization of its N95 masks.

• All staff of the health care center and assisted living have been upgraded from medical masks to N95 masks.

• All staff have been provided PPE and have been instructed on use to protect themselves and others. Ohio Living has worked diligently to increase and maintain its stock of PPE to protect both residents and staff.

• Ohio Living conducts ongoing audits of our staff for donning and doffing PPE, as well as hand washing.

• Ohio Living screens and monitors the temperatures of our staff every day upon arrival. If staff become symptomatic, they are not permitted to work until they are cleared to come back in accordance with health department guidelines.

• Ohio Living limits the time that its staff members interact with the residents for the safety of all. Ohio Living has modified its restaurant style meal service and are delivering more limited meal options to rooms. They have limited one-on-one activities, adapted group activity for social distancing, and increased options for in-room activities.

• Ohio Living asks all employees to protect themselves through social distancing, PPE, and staying at home when not at work, if possible. The company expects them to pay attention to possible symptoms and call their physician if symptomatic.

SIDNEY – Thirteen new COVID-19 cases were reported Friday morning by the Sidney-Shelby County Health Department. This brings the county’s total to 352.

The new cases include two boys in the 10-19 age group, one woman and one man in their 20s, one man in their 30s, one man in his 40s, two women and two men in their 50s, two women in her 60s and one man in his 80s.

Breakdown of cases by zip codes includes: 196 cases for Sidney (45365), Anna (45302) 37 cases, Botkins (45306) 17 cases, Conover (45317) three cases, Fort Loramie/Newport(45845) 26 cases, Houston (45333) 17 cases, Jackson Center (45334) 16 cases, Maplewood (45340) five cases, Minster (45865) 17 cases, Piqua (45356) seven cases, Port Jefferson (45360) two cases and Russia (45363) nine cases.

As of Friday, 238 Shelby County residents have recovered, 110 have not recovered, and four people have died. Currently, five Shelby County residents are hospitalized because of COVID-19.

Of those who have tested positive, 9% are first responders/health care workers.

The Auglaize County Health Department continues to see a rise in new cases of COVID-19 in Auglaize County.

Total cases on the county are 437 with 392 confirmed and 45 probable. The total number of people hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic is 39.

A total of 264 women have tested positive while 173 men have tested positive.

The total number of deaths in Auglaize County is eight. The total number of people who have recovered is 302. There are 127 current cases. The average age of those testing positive is 49.

The new cases to report are: the 410th case is a probable 60-year-old woman, 411th case is a probable 22-year-old man, the 412th case is a probable 55-year-old man, the 413th case is a probable 47-year-old man, the 414th case is a 57-year-old man, the 415th case is a 22-year-old woman, the 416th case is a 75-year-old man, the 417th case is a 57-year-old woman, the 418th case is a 50-year-old man, the 419th case is a 17-year-old girl, the 420th case is a 73-year-old woman, the 421st case is a 66-year-old woman who is hospitalized, the 422nd case is a 25-year-old woman, the 423rd case is a probable 4-year-old girl, the 424th case is a probable 35-year-old man, the 425th case is a 55-year-old man, the 426th case is a 84-year-old woman, the 427th case is a 70-year-old woman, the 428th case is 90-year-old man, the 429th case is a 60-year-old woman being treated at a local hospital, the 430th case is a 67-year-old man being treated at a local hospital, the 431st case is a 48-year-old woman, the 432nd case is 33-year-old woman, the 433rd case is a probable 24-year-old man, the 434th case is a 52-year-old woman, the 435th case is a 64-year-old man, the 436th case is a 68-year-old woman, and the 437th case is a 58-year-old man. All are self-isolating at home unless otherwise noted. A 40-year-old man confirmed case that was self-isolating at home has now been hospitalized.

Total cases include nine people in the 0-10 age range, 40 in the 10-20 age range, 60 in the 20-30 age range, 60 in the 30-40 age range, 56 in the 40-50 age range, 74 in the 50-60 age range, 48 in the 60-70 age range, 29 in the 70-80 age range, 35 in the 80-90 age range, 14 in the 90-100 age range and one case in the 100-110 age range.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, broken down by geographical area based upon the cases’ mailing address, Auglaize County Health Department has reported 178 cases in St. Marys, 108 cases in Wapakoneta, 45 cases in Minster, 45 cases in New Bremen, 25 cases in Cridersville, 11 cases in Waynesfield, three cases in Botkins, five cases in New Knoxville, one case in New Hampshire, one case in Uniopolis, two in St. Johns and two cases in Lakeview.

Miami County Public Health has 1,030 positive cases. Miami County has had 110 total hospitalizations, and 43 deaths. There are 832 people who are presumed recovered from the virus.

The Darke County General Health District reported the county has 585 positive cases with 64 hospitalizations. There have been 35 deaths, and 467 people have recovered. There are 83 active cases with 29 new cases reported Thursday.

Logan County has had 232 total cases of COVID-19, which includes 152 conirmed cases and 80 probable cases. There are 181 recovered cases, 49 active cases and seven current hospitalizations. Two people have died in the county.

In Friday’s update from the state, it was announced Ohio has 120,124 cases of COVID-19. Of those cases, 13,221 have been hospitalized with 2,946 admitted to the ICU. There have been 4,105 deaths related to COVID-19 in Ohio. A total of 100.127 residents are presumed recovered.

Of the positive cases, 52% are women and 47% are men. The median age is 42. The age range of those testing posting is less than 1 year old to 109 years of age.

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Memory care residents, staff tested

SIDNEY — Ohio Living Dorothy Love has experienced a recent rise in COVID-19 cases among residents of the memory care unit in the health care center. Most of these individuals are not experiencing symptoms at this time. Notifications have been made to the center’s residents, families and staff.

“We continue to work in partnership with our medical director, Sidney-Shelby County Health Department and Ohio Department of Health,” said Executive Director Trisha Atwood.

After the first resident diagnosis on Aug. 23, testing immediately began for all residents of the memory care unit, followed by all residents of the health care east unit. Wilson Health provided Ohio Living with test swabs and use of their lab, providing results within 24 hours.

“We are monitoring vital signs of all health care center residents and checking for symptoms three times per day. Admissions to long-term care and short-term rehab from outside the campus are suspended until further notice. Outdoor visitation is also suspended for the health care center and assisted living,” said Atwood.

Ohio Living Dorothy Love is a faith-based, charitable organization that has been serving vulnerable older adults in Ohio since 1922.

“We’re dedicated to providing continued transparency and our utmost effort to protect our residents, patients and employees during this time and beyond. We continue to employ aggressive protective measures for residents and staff,” she said.

The following are some of Ohio Living’s ongoing procedures and protocols for COVID-19:

• Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) equipment has been installed in the skilled nursing center and assisted living ventilation systems. This is a UV-C disinfection method generally used by hospitals.

• Ohio Living has purchased two mobile UV-C systems to disinfect rooms and large pieces of equipment, and one will be brought here as needed.

• Ohio Living uses a UV-C sterile wand to disinfect surfaces including over-the-bed tables, handrails, and PPE.

• Ohio Living have an agreement with Battelle for sanitization of its N95 masks.

• All staff of the health care center and assisted living have been upgraded from medical masks to N95 masks.

• All staff have been provided PPE and have been instructed on use to protect themselves and others. Ohio Living has worked diligently to increase and maintain its stock of PPE to protect both residents and staff.

• Ohio Living conducts ongoing audits of our staff for donning and doffing PPE, as well as hand washing.

• Ohio Living screens and monitors the temperatures of our staff every day upon arrival. If staff become symptomatic, they are not permitted to work until they are cleared to come back in accordance with health department guidelines.

• Ohio Living limits the time that its staff members interact with the residents for the safety of all. Ohio Living has modified its restaurant style meal service and are delivering more limited meal options to rooms. They have limited one-on-one activities, adapted group activity for social distancing, and increased options for in-room activities.

• Ohio Living asks all employees to protect themselves through social distancing, PPE, and staying at home when not at work, if possible. The company expects them to pay attention to possible symptoms and call their physician if symptomatic.