COVID-19 deaths reported in county

Staff report

MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County now has a total of 55 residents recorded as COVIID-19 deaths.

One of the two most recent deaths includes an 86-year-old female nursing home resident that passed away Oct. 1.

According to Miami County Public Health Health Educator Vicky Knisley-Henry, the 52rd person to die from the coronavirus in the county is a 72-year-old female who passed away on Sept. 27. The woman was not a nursing home resident.

A 96-year-old female, a nursing home resident, passed away Sept. 28, making her the 53rd reported death.

Information on COVID-19 victims 47-51 and one of the most recent deaths remains unavailable at this time, Knisley-Henry said.

Since Sept. 18, there have been 279 new COVID-19 cases, 20 new hospitalizations and six new deaths reported. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Miami County to 1,605 and 146 total hospitalizations. There are 1,271 county residents presumed recovered from the coronavirus.

Miami County remains at the state’s Orange No. 2 COVID-19 risk level, according to Miami County Public Health (MCPH). This is due to Miami County meeting the criteria for two of the seven alert indicators, including:

• 50-plus cases per 100,000 population within the 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 events over 10 people and non-essential activities as much as possible, guidelines say.

In addition to the two indicators met, Miami County is 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.

In Ohio, as of Monday, there are a total of 159,964 total COVID-19 cases, 15,840 total hospitalizations and 4,931 total deaths in Ohio. Of those positive for the coronavirus, 137,633 are presumed recovered from the virus.

President Donald Trump said Monday he’s leaving the military hospital where he has been treated for COVID-19 and will continue his recovery at the White House. He said he’s feeling good and the nation should not be afraid of the virus that has killed more than 209,000 Americans.

Trump’s expected return comes as the scale of the outbreak within the White House itself is still being uncovered. Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced she had tested positive for the virus Monday morning and was entering quarantine.

“I will be leaving the great Walter Reed Medical Center today at 6:30 P.M.,” Trump tweeted. “Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. … I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”

Trump’s doctor, Navy Cdr. Sean Conley, was also upbeat at an afternoon briefing and said the president could resume his normal schedule once “there is no evidence of live virus still present.”

But he also cautioned that it was “uncharted territory” having a patient receive such aggressive medication so early in the course of the disease, and he said Trump would not be fully out of the woods for another week.

Conley repeatedly declined to share results of medical scans of Trump’s lungs, saying he was not at liberty to discuss the information because Trump did not waive doctor-patient confidentiality on the subject.

Trump’s nonchalant message about not fearing the virus comes as his own administration has encouraged Americans to be very careful and take precautions to avoid contracting and spreading the disease as cases continue to spike across the country. For more than eight months, Trump’s efforts to play down the threat of the virus in hopes of propping up the economy ahead of the election have drawn bipartisan criticism.

For more information on the Public Health Advisory System visit: coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/public-health-advisory-system/ .

— The Associated Press contributed to this story