With heavy hearts, the Union County Health Department reports the second COVID-19 related death has been recorded for a Union County resident. Per data from the Ohio Department of Health, the individual was a female in the 60-69 age range. No further information is available in accordance with Ohio’s Protected Health Information laws. Our condolences and prayers are with the family.
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Case Summary: As of Sept. 11, 353 cumulative cases of COVID-19 among Union County residents have been reported to the Union County Health Department. 322 individuals have been released from isolation and are no longer infectious, 29 individuals have active infections and are in isolation. Two COVID-19 related deaths have been reported. 22 individuals have required hospitalization during the course of their illness (one individual currently hospitalized). 24 individuals have been asymptomatic. To date, three of the 353 cases have occurred within a long-term care facility. The age range of cases is <1 to 97 years with a median age of 37. Please note, local cumulative case data will vary from the data for Union County on the coronavirus.ohio.gov website as the state website includes cases among individuals incarcerated in the state prison within Union County. The community data reported here by the Union County Health Department does not include cases among incarcerated persons.
Union County is Yellow: Union County decreased to a “Yellow” Level 1 alert on the Ohio Public Health Alert System this week. Level 1 is the lowest level alert. In this week’s alert, Union County only meet triggers in one of the seven indicators. The one trigger met was the trigger for the cases in non-congregate settings indicator. This indicators means more than 50% of new cases over the previous weeks are occurring in the community rather than a congregate setting like a long-term care facility or prison.
The State of Ohio’s mask mandate and limitation on mass gatherings are still in place. To help Union County stay yellow, we encourage all residents to continue following safety precautions: practice social distancing, wear masks in public areas where social distancing can’t be maintained, stay home if you are sick, wash hands often, and cover coughs and sneezes with a sleeve.
Travel Advisory: This week the State of Ohio announced a travel advisory is in place for 4 US states with COVID-19 positivity rates over 15% – Alabama, North Dakota, Kansas, and South Dakota. If you are traveling to one of these states for business or leisure, it is recommended to self-quarantine and monitor for symptoms for 14 days after return. This is not required, but recommended to reduce the spread of the disease in Ohio. If you must go out, please be extra vigilant in maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, and staying home if you develop symptoms.