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Number of Harrison COVID cases unchanged as of Wednesday

CADIZ — The number of COVID-19 cases in an outbreak at a Harrison County nursing home had not increased as of Wednesday according to Garen Rhome, administrator of the Harrison County Health Department.

Rhome told Harrison County commissioners during their regular meeting Wednesday that there still were a total of 30 COVID cases related to The Meadows of Cadiz care facility. That number includes 19 residents of the facility and 11 staff members.

“The symptoms vary. Some residents have symptoms and others are asymptomatic,” Rhome said, adding that two of the nursing home’s residents who tested positive have been hospitalized as a result.

He noted the facility’s outbreak has not spread from that particular unit inside the building.

Rhome noted that of the 30 total facility cases, 26 of those people are considered Harrison County residents. Those 26 cases, plus three other Harrison cases from the community in general, puts the county’s total current caseload at 29 people, he said.

He added the county likely will remain at the Level 2 orange public health advisory this week, unless new numbers expected to be released today change.

Rhome reminded people that they need to behave as though they are shedding the virus when they are out in the community. People should still be social distancing and wearing masks when social distancing is not possible. While a younger, healthier person may not get as sick from the virus, they can still spread it to others who could suffer more or die from it.

“Sixty percent of people in Ohio have some sort of co-morbidity,” Rhome said, referring to underlying conditions such as diabetes or asthma.

Rhome said there are no pop-up testing sites in the county, but if someone suspects they are sick with the virus they should call their family doctor for guidance.

During the commissioners’ 10-minute meeting, in addition to hearing Rhome’s report they also approved some transfers of funds for various departments.

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