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Gov. DeWine: COVID-19 spreading at Seneca County flea markets, weddings, long-term care facility Staff




During his Tuesday afternoon press briefing on COVID-19, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine discussed some of the events in Seneca County where the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been particularly high.

DeWine’s comments came as the Ohio Department of Health reported that Seneca County is now the tenth-highest county in the state for community spread of the virus.

“Seneca County, also we start off with a flea market. And when I talked a few days ago, on Monday, I talked to all our health directors around the state — 113 health directors… One of the things they talked about was flea markets, not just in Columbiana County and Seneca County but in other counties. In addition, we’ve seen some incidents in regards to Seneca County with weddings. Also in Seneca County, a long-term care facility, we’ve seen an outbreak,” DeWine said.

DeWine referred to St. Catherine’s Manor in Fostoria, which has a cumulative total of 26 cases among residents and five cases among staff as of Aug. 5.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, Seneca County, with a population of 55,178 residents, has 110.6 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 people.

There have been 61 new cases reported from July 28 through Aug. 10 in Seneca County, according to state health officials.

The Seneca County General Health District reported Tuesday that there are a total of 230 coronavirus cases in the county.

116 of those cases are considered to be active cases, while 114 are considered to be recovered.

Four people have died with COVID-19 in Seneca County as of Tuesday, and there are nine people currently hospitalized.

Seneca County ranked higher on the list than all of its neighboring counties, including Sandusky, Wood, Hancock, Wyandot, Crawford, and Huron counties.

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