No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Ashtabula County on Friday, after a week of slow growth, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

There were 412 cases of coronavirus in Ashtabula County, as of Friday afternoon, with 74 hospitalizations and 43 deaths, according to ODH. The death from COVID-19 reported on Friday was the first since June 16, according to ODH. 

Through most of the week, the growth of COVID-19 cases has been slow, with one or two new cases reported each day in Ashtabula County.

In nursing homes and retirement facilities, there was only one case of COVID-19 reported among residents this week, and three cases among staff. The case of COVID-19 was reported at Country Club Retirement Campus III, and the staff cases were reported at Andover Village Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation.

 One new death was reported at area nursing homes and retirement facilities this week, bringing the total to 25, according to ODH.

The number of new cases state-wide has been increasing rapidly, though. On Thursday, 892 new cases of COVID-19 were reported. well above the 21 day average of 494 new cases per day, according to ODH. On Friday, the number of new cases was even higher, at 987, according to ODH. The increase in cases has raised the 21 day average for new cases to 518.

The number of hospitalizations reported on Friday was also above the 21-day average, with 68 people hospitalized, to an average of 56, according to ODH. Deaths and ICU admissions were both below the 21-day averages. There were 16 deaths reported on Friday, compared to an average of 21. There were seven ICU admissions statewide reported on Friday, compared to a 21-day average of 13, according to ODH.

Lake Erie Correctional Institute saw a number of inmates and staff recover from COVID-19 this week, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. There are 17 inmates who are currently testing positive for COVID-19. Four inmates have died from COVID-19, and one inmate has a test pending, according to ODRC.

A total of 58 staff members have reported positive tests. Of those 58 staff members, 53 have recovered, and one has died, according to ODRC.

 

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