51 Cases in Union County: The Union County Health Department is reporting 51 cumulative cases within Union County communities. This community data does not include cases among persons living at the Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville (ODRC reports 0 inmates currently positive at ORW and 1 current inmate has recovered). 37 cases are lab confirmed cases. 14 cases are probable cases per CDC guidelines. 37 individuals have recovered (defined as released from isolation). 13 are actively ill and in isolation. 1 death has been reported. Currently, 0 individuals are hospitalized (4 individuals have required hospitalization during their illness). Cases are 54.9% male and 45.1% female. Age range is <1 to 83 years with a median age of 38 and an average age of 38.8. 46% of cases were community acquired (unknown source of exposure), 21% of cases had occupational exposure (healthcare worker, correctional facility worker, first responder), 21% of cases were close contacts of a known case, 12% of cases had travel exposure.
Expanding Testing: Last week, the Governor announced Ohio is now expanding testing to priority 4 individuals. Priority 4 includes any Ohioan who currently has symptoms consistent with COVID-19. To meet this testing expansion, the Union County Health Department is partnering with our local community health center, Lower Lights Christian Health Center. More details to come later this week on offering expanded testing within Union County. This partnership will be in addition to our on-going partnership with Memorial Health, who has been working with us to offer testing to individuals in the Priority 1-3 high risk groups for the past two months.
Re-openings: Childcare and day camps in Ohio were permitted to reopen today. Last week, the Governor also approved and encouraged local fairs to hold junior fairs. The Union County Fair Board voted last week to move forward with Union County’s junior fair for 4-H and FFA exhibitors as well as harness racing. They have canceled the grandstand entertainment and midway rides. Banquet halls can be open but must comply with restaurant requirements and food must be catered by a licensed caterer and must not exceed 300 people.
Continued Closures: Playgrounds and most entertainment venues with mass gatherings such as water parks and amusement parks remain closed in Ohio. Contact sports leagues are also still prohibited, but non-contact sports and skill training for all sports is allowed.