ASHTABULA — Lake County has passed Ashtabula County's COVID-19 case count, but Ashtabula still has significantly more deaths than Lake, despite differences in population and number of cases.

There have been 44 deaths from COVID-19 in Ashtabula County, as of Friday, according to the  Ohio Department of Health. Lake County, which has more than double the population of Ashtabula County, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, has had half as many deaths (22), according to ODH.

Lake County had 570 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 94 hospitalizations, according to ODH.

Ashtabula County has 445 confirmed cases, and 80 hospitalizations. Eight new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Friday, the largest jump in cases since mid-June, according to ODH.

More than half of Ashtabula County's deaths have been at nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

There have been 90 cases of COVID-19 reported among residents in nursing homes and long term care facilities in Ashtabula County, according to information released on Wednesday by ODH.

There have been 26 COVID-19 related deaths reported in nursing homes and long-term care facilities in Ashtabula County, according to ODH.

In some good news, there were no new cases of COVID-19 reported among Ashtabula County nursing home and long-term care facility residents and staff reported this week, according to ODH.

Lake County has reported a total of 30 cases of COVID-19 among residents at nursing homes and long term care facilities, according to ODH. Four people have died from COVID-19 in those facilities.

Geauga County has 147 cases in long-term care facilities, and 33 deaths. Trumbull County has 142 cases among long-term care facility residents, and 4 deaths, according to ODH.

Last week, Gov. Mike DeWine announced a ranking system for Ohio counties, based on the severity of the outbreak. Ashtabula County was at the low end of the scale on Friday, at a level-one public emergency, or yellow, meaning that there is active exposure and spread of COVID-19, according to ODH.

Lake and Geauga counties were at level two, or orange, meaning there is increased exposure and spread, and that residents should exercise caution.

Trumbull County was one of seven Ohio counties at level three, or red. That means that there is very high exposure and spread, and that residents should limit activities as much as possible, according to ODH.

Residents in the 12 level-three counties in Ohio are required to wear masks in buildings that aren't a residence, while on public transportation, or when they are outside and cannot maintain social distancing, according to ODH.

More than half of Ohio's 88 counties were either at level two or three on Friday, with 35 counties at level two, and 12 counties at level three, according to ODH.

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