COVID-19 deaths reach 36

MIAMI COUNTY — On Wednesday, Miami County Public Health (MCPH) recorded the 36th death in the county, a 79-year-old female related to a nursing home.

While the increase in deaths in the last several weeks is not equal to the beginning of the pandemic, MCPH’s Vicky Knisley-Henry said there is a concerning surge in COVID-19 deaths in the county recently.

“Right now, we have had five new deaths since July 13, all of them were associated with a few different nursing homes,” Knisley-Henry said. “It’s not to the level we were seeing back in the beginning of the pandemic, and hopefully it doesn’t get there.”

During the Miami County Commissioners meeting on Thursday, Director Joel Smith of the Miami County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) said Miami County detected approximately 112 positive cases since his previous COVID-19 update to the commissioners last week on July 23. Last week, the county saw an increase of approximately 63 cases between July 16-23.

The county also recorded seven additional hospitalizations and three additional COVID-19-related deaths since Smith’s last update. He said there are currently three positive patients in a Miami County hospital. In the region, there are 235 patients currently hospitalized, which is down 52 cases since last week. There are also 209 suspected cases, which is down 60 cases since last week.

Smith also said the Ohio EMA is estimating there are approximately 203 active cases of the virus in the county as of Thursday morning.

“That’s gone up by 46 (cases),” Smith said. The rate of at which people are testing positive for the virus in the state was last recorded at 5.2 percent, he said. A local positivity rate is not available.

In regard to overall hospital capacity, including non-virus related uses, Miami County hospitals are at the following:

• 46 percent usage of airborne isolation units, or six out of 13 in use

• 86 percent usage of critical care beds, or 12 out of 14 in use

• 50 percent usage of medical surgical beds, or 52 of 105 in use

• 6 percent usage of ventilators, or three out of 47 in use

In the region, there is a 77 percent usage of critical care beds. Smith said there are 203 beds available out 802 beds.