Ashtabula County reported its first death from COVID-19 since June 23 on Friday, capping off a week in which 20 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, according to information from the Ohio Department of Health.

On Monday, there were 514 reported cases of COVID-19 in Asthabula County, according to information from the Ohio Department of Health. On Friday, that number was up to 534.

The new cases have not been limited to one specific area, said Health Commissioner Ray Saporito. Instead, the new cases have seen more people in their 20s and 30s, he said.

“It has to do with what you’re doing as opposed to what you should be doing,” Saporito said. “So, obviously, a lot of interaction, group interaction, we believe is accounting for the increase.”

Ashtabula County has reported 45 deaths from COVID-19, 11 more than Lake County, which has almost twice as many positive cases.

The exact reason for the difference is hard to pin down, Saporito said.

“Some of that’s related to nursing homes,” he said.

Parts of it could also be due to reporting differences.

Ashtabula County has reported 26 deaths at nursing homes and long-term care facilities, while Lake County has only reported 13 deaths in such facilities, according to information from ODH.

Two cases of COVID-19 were reported among residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities, one at Generations Behavioral Health in Geneva, and one at Saybrook Landing, according to information released by the Ohio Department of Health on Wednesday. ODH reports cases among nursing home residents and staff every Wednesday.

No new cases were reported among staff members at area nursing homes and long term care facilities, and no new deaths were reported among residents.

At Lake Erie Correctional Institution, the number of inmates who were COVID-19 positive dropped to zero this week, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Seven inmates have tests pending, and three guards are still sick.

Four inmates and one guard have died at the prison due to COVID-19, according to ODRC.

Statewide, there were 1,533 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Friday, and 47 new deaths from the disease, according to ODH.

Saporito encouraged people to follow recommendations that have been in some time.

“I think the core practices have remained unchanged, and that’s social distancing, the hand washing, the mask, the environmental sanitizing,” he said. “All of those remain at the core of how you’re going to prevent transmission of COVID-19.”

Also Friday, alcohol sales were banned after 10 p.m. under an executive order issued by Gov. Mike DeWine to help slow the spread of the coronavirus by limiting close gatherings.

The order also prohibits the consumption of any drinks after 11 p.m.

DeWine’s order followed the Ohio Liquor Control Commission’s adoption of an emergency rule earlier in the day that made the changes and allowed them to be implemented immediately.

Recommended for you