Slight uptick on COVID-19 cases

By Melody Vallieu

Miami Valley Today

MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County has seen a bit of an uptick in COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks.

On Friday, June 5, there were 367 positive coronavirus cases and as of Wednesday, June 24, there are now 411 positive cases reported, for a total of 44 new cases recorded in the last 19 days.

According to Miami County Public Health’s (MCPH) Vicky Knisley-Henry, she said most new cases look to be mostly community spread.

She said MCPH staff believe a combination of increased testing availability and the economy opening up provides more opportunities for social interaction and, therefore, a greater chance of contracting the virus.

“As the economy opens up more, people are going to interact more,” Knisley-Henry said. “This, along with an increase in testing — testing is now open to everyone — it can be expected that we will see cases increase.”

Knisley-Henry said MCPH staff continue to have contact tracers working on any new case.

There have been no new deaths since mid-May, and the county stands at 30 deaths related to COVID-19. There have been several new hospitalizations, with 56 total hospitalizations now being reported by the Ohio Department of Health as of Wednesday. There were 51 hospitalizations at the beginning of June.

“While new cases and hospitalizations are unfortunate, no new deaths are a good thing,” Knisley-Henry said.

Although a few cases remain under investigation and have not been classified, Knisley-Henry said the total coronavirus cases include 153 long-term care residents, 100 health care workers and 146 community spread cases.

Knisley-Henry said there have been no new cases in other areas where there have been outbreaks previously, such as nursing homes.

“There have been no new cases have come from the testing at the jail or any of the long-term care facilities so far.” Knisley-Henry said.

As the summer continues, and the community continues to venture out more, Knisley-Henry said residents should continue to protect themselves in this unprecedented time.

“Continue practicing the safe social distancing. Wear a mash or face covering when out in public settings where social distancing is difficult,” she said. “Be mindful of others. If you feel sick stay home, if someone in your home is sick, avoid social gatherings.”

In Ohio, there are 46,127 total COVID-19 cases that have been reported as of Wednesday and 2,735 confirmed deaths. There have been 7,379 hospitalizations in the state and 1,876 intensive care patients.

Ages range from under 1 to 109 years of age with a median age of 47. There are 51 percent males affected by coronavirus and 49 percent females.