Miami County at 34 deaths related to COVID-19

MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County Public Health (MCPH) recently reported there are now a total of 34 deaths related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both of the two most recent victims lived in a nursing home that is located in Montgomery County within the Tipp City zip code jurisdiction. Vicky Knisley-Henry of MCPH explained that, since the address of this nursing home was a 45371 zip code, the deaths were reported as Miami County statistics. The two latest victims, the 33rd and 34th deaths, include an 81-year-old man who passed on July 19 and an 80-year-old woman who passed on July 20.

Miami County remains an Orange #2 COVID-19 Risk Level. This is due to Miami County meeting the criteria for three of the seven Alert Indicators, including the following:

• 50-plus new cases per 100,000 people within the last two weeks

• More than 50 percent of new cases are from non-congregate care living

• Sustained increase in outpatient visits for COVID-19 symptoms over the past five days

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has reported 67 new COVID-19 cases, five new hospitalizations, and three new deaths due to COVID-19 since last Friday, July 17, in Miami County. This brings the total of COVID-19 cases to 628, with 70 hospitalizations and 34 deaths. Approximately 66 percent of Miami County’s positive cases are considered community spread, 17 percent are residents of long-term care facilities, and 17 percent are healthcare workers.

ODH is also reporting approximately 454 cases that are “presumed recovered” in Miami County. ODH defines “presumed recovered” cases as cases with a symptom onset day of greater than 21 days prior who are not deceased.

Statewide, ODH is reporting 81,746 positive cases; 10,072 hospitalizations; 3,297 deaths; and 56,823 presumed recovered cases as of Friday afternoon.

The ODH dashboard available on coronavirus.ohio.gov also shows cumulative case counts associated with each day, but those cumulative case counts are not static. Each day is retroactively updated as new information becomes available. This is due to a lag in reporting time.

Knisley-Henry explained how new cases of COVID-19 that are detected and reported each day did not necessarily occur within the last 24 hours. While MCPH reported 12 new cases had been detected as of Friday, those cases were spread out to different days on the ODH dashboard, either associated with the onset of the illness or the date of the test.

“The number of new cases reported each day are not necessarily from the last 24 hours. Cases are added to the statistics based on the date of illness onset, if available, or date of test,” Knisley-Henry said.

ODH’s website also notes that a range of days, currently today through July 11, fall into a “preliminary” area where, according to ODH, “preliminary case data in the shaded area is likely under-reported to ODH because of the delay between initial contact with a health care provider, testing, and diagnosis.”

In a press release on Friday, MCPH reminded residents that Gov. Mike DeWine’s face mask mandate has been extended to all 88 counties in Ohio and is currently in effect.

All individuals in Ohio must wear facial coverings in public at all times when:

• At an indoor location that is not a residence.

• Outdoors, but unable to maintain six-foot social distance from people who are not household members.

• Waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, such as a taxi, a car service, or a private car used for ride-sharing.

The order only requires those 10 years old or older to wear a mask. Additional exclusions include:

• Those with a medical condition or a disability or those communicating with someone with a disability;

• Those who are actively exercising or playing sports;

• Those who are officiants at religious services;

• Those who are actively involved in public safety; or

• Those who are actively eating or drinking.

Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak released a memo on Thursday telling residents not to call 9-1-1 to report individuals who are not wearing a face covering. The enforcement authority for violations of the public health order is MCPH. MCPH can be contacted at (937) 573-3500 or visit their website at miamicountyhealth.net.

A travel advisory was also announced this week. Anyone traveling or returning to Ohio from states reporting positive COVID-19 testing rates of 15 percent or higher should quarantine for 14 days. Currently, these states include: Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, South Carolina, and Texas.

“I know this will be hard and is a sacrifice, especially as summer vacations are in full force, but when we have a higher likelihood of being exposed, we should take precautions to limit the exposure of others,” DeWine said in a press release.

Ohio’s positivity rate, which is an indicator of the percentage of people who have tested positive for COVID-19, has been around 6.2 percent.

Visit coronavirus.ohio.gov for tips on how to effectively quarantine, for more information on the statewide mask order, or for more information on the travel advisory.

“MCPH is working diligently to keep the community safe and informed as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve in Miami County,” MCPH officials said on Friday.