Coronavirus: Clark County confirms 10th death

Clark County has reached 10 confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to the Clark County Combined Health District.

The two most recent deaths were both men — one 88-year-old and one 55-year-old — and occurred last week, Emma Smales, spokeswoman for the CCCHD said. The two patients were not connected with any reported outbreaks in the county.

The county’s 10 death milestone comes as the district is offering free coronavirus testing. Clark County’s second free pop-up coronavirus testing clinic will be held on Wednesday. At the clinic, any resident can receive a coronavirus test free of charge, regardless of insurance, appointment, symptoms, or a doctor’s note. The clinics are put on by the district with the help of funding from the city of Springfield.

Wednesday’s clinic is from noon until 6 p.m. at Perrin Woods Elementary School, 431 W. John St. in Springfield.

Last week, hundreds of residents braved 90-degree heat at the walk-thru testing site at Haywood Middle School. Smales said the district is still waiting on the results of all the tests.

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As of Monday, the Ohio Department of Health reported 62,913 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state. The state saw 1,261 new cases from Sunday — which is more than the state’s 21-day average of 1,051 cases per day.

Hospitalizations also have increased to 8,915 with 73 new admissions reported Monday, according to the ODH. ICU admissions increased by 16 for a total of 2,201.

Clark County had 820 cases, 10 deaths and one probable death, of the coronavirus as of Monday afternoon, according to ODH’s website.

The county’s first coronavirus death reported pril 24 and was a woman in her 90s who was a resident of Southbrook Care Center. The woman also was Clark County’s first nursing home resident to test positive for COVID-19.

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Southbrook, located in Springfield, is both a long-term and post-acute care facility.

The care facility is the only one in Clark County that has had any residents die from the coronavirus, according to the CCCHD. It also is the only workplace outbreak in the county that resulted in a coronavirus death.

Southbrook had an outbreak of the virus that began in late April. As of Monday, the facility had nine employees and 29 residents test positive for the coronavirus. A second Southbrook resident, an 82-year-old man, died in late May, according to the CCCHD.

Charles Patterson’s, CCCHD commissioner, said on June 26 that all of Clark County’s workplace outbreaks were “beginning to stabilize,” including Southbrook.

In addition to the 10 confirmed deaths, the county also has one probable death. That victim was a man in his 30s who died in mid-April, the News-Sun previously reported.

The death is considered probable because the district was not aware of the man as a probable case or contact of a confirmed case before his death.

According to the CCCHD, a probable death is identified when the person has not been lab tested for the coronavirus, but they meet one of the following criteria: a death certificate lists the coronavirus as the cause of death or autopsy findings are consistent with pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome without an identifiable cause.

Free COVID-19 community testing clinics

July 15, Noon until 6 p.m. at Perrin Woods Elementary School, 431 W. John St., Springfield.

July 22, Noon until 6 p.m. at La Condesa Grocery #1, 440 S. Burnett Road. (Burnett Plaza Shopping Center), Springfield.

Offered by Clark County Combined Health District and City of Springfield

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