County’s 37th death nursing home related

By Melody Vallieu

Miami Valley Today

MIAMI COUNTY — The county’s 37th recorded COVID-19 death is from a long-term care facility.

Vicky Knisley-Henry of Miami County Public Health (MCPH) said an 88-year-old female is the latest person to lose their battle with the coronavirus. She passed away on July 30.

As of Wednesday, the county has 788 recorded cases, 37 deaths and 79 hospitalizations. There are 558 people presumed recovered from the virus in the county.

Knisley-Henry said the county remains at Level 2, or Orange, of risk on the state’s indicators for COVID-19. On Tuesday, she said looking at the Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) dashboard, Miami County has had 86 cases over the last two weeks from July 21 to Aug. 4.

“This meets one indicator. The majority of cases are community spread and not in congregate living, so that meets another indicator. We don’t have access to information relating to a few of the indicators, but we are still meeting two, so it’s possible we will remain at the No. 2 level this week. But things change daily.”

According to Knisley-Henry, she said the COVID-19 cases fluctuate daily and the data is not linear.

“I went back through the past two weeks and one day there were 12 new cases and the next six, then seven, then four, then back up to seven, so there’s no real trend to say whether the daily cases are increasing or decreasing.”

In Ohio, there are 96,305 total COVID-19 cases, 11,231 total hospitalizations and 3,596 total deaths. There are 72,950 people in Ohio that are presumed recovered from the coronavirus.

For more information, call coronavirus.ohio.gov.