County remains at Level 2 risk

Staff Report

MIAMI COUNTY – Miami County remains at Orange No. 2 Risk Level due to the county meeting the criteria for two of the seven alert indicators, including:

• 50-plus cases per 100,000 population within last two weeks

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

“This risk level indicates increased exposure and spread of COVID-19. It is advised that community members exercise a high degree of caution and follow all current health orders. Limit non-essential activities as much as possible,” said Miami County Public Health’s Vicky Knisley-Henry in a Friday news release.

In addition to the two indicators met, Miami County is also listed as a High Incidence area. This means that a county is flagged as high incidence when more than 100 cases per 100,000 residents over the last two weeks.

Since July 17, there have been 186 new COVID-19 cases, 10 new hospitalizations and five new deaths. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Miami County to 747, with 574 confirmed cases and 173 probable cases, as of Friday afternoon.

Most of the confirmed cases are community spread, Knisley-Henry said in the release.

“This is why it is so important for community members to keep social distancing and wearing face coverings. It is also vital that individuals with symptoms, or if you live with someone with symptoms, stay home,” Knisley-Henry said. “Please do not attend social gatherings or events. These are the only steps we can take to slow the spread.”