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Seneca County now ranks among top 10 counties with highest COVID-19 community spread Staff




Seneca County now ranks among the top 10 Ohio counties with the highest occurrence of COVID-19 community spread, the Ohio Department of Health reported Tuesday.

Seneca County has the tenth-highest rate of community spread, with 110.6 cases per 100,000 population.

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.

Gov. Mike DeWine said during his Tuesday COVID-19 press briefing that events such as weddings and the Tiffin Flea Market are part of the reason why Seneca County is ranked among the top 10 counties with the highest community spread of COVID-19.

“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’s reference to a long-term care facility outbreak is regarding St. Catherine’s Manor of Fostoria, which has a cumulative total of 26 cases among residents and five cases among staff as of Aug. 5.

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