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UPDATE: Meigs County health officials confirm 2 deaths on Wednesday

Meigs County health officials reported 13 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, including 12 at the Overbrook Rehabilitation Center in Middleport.
Meigs County health officials reported 13 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, including 12 at the Overbrook Rehabilitation Center in Middleport.(AP Images)
Published: Aug. 10, 2020 at 3:28 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2020 at 3:38 PM EDT
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POMEROY, Ohio, (WTAP) - UPDATE: 9/16/20 3:45 P.M.

The COVID-19 death toll in Meigs County reached nine on Wednesday as health officials announced the deaths of two more people.

“The deceased individuals were in the 80 to 89-year-old age range and 90 to 99-year-old age range,” the county health department said in a news release. “The health department would like to give our condolences to families and friends of these individuals.”

The virus has now now claimed the lives of six women and three men, according to the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 website. The victims incluce a woman in her 70s, five women older than 80, a man in his 70s and two men older than 80.

The county health department reported one new COVID-19 case Wednesday afternoon that pushed the total to 168 - 142 confirmed and 25 probable. The department also said 138 people are listed as having recovered from the virus.

Meanwhile, health officials are continuing to monitor an outbreak at the Overbrook Rehabilitation Center in Middleport, where there are currently 22 active cases - 16 among residents and six among employees.

Since the outbreak was first reported in early August, there have been 85 cases overall at the facility, including 55 among residents and 30 among staff members.

The state COVID-19 website shows six deaths at a long-term-care facility in Meigs County, but the facility is not named.

UPDATE: 9/8/20 4:45 P.M.

The Meigs County Health Department confirmed two more COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total in the county to six since the first two deaths were reported in mid-August.

The latest victims are identified as being in their 70s and 90s, and no other information related to their cases was released.

“Our agency would like to give our sincere sympathy to the families of these individuals,” the department said in a news release.

The health department also reported one new confirmed case - woman in her 70s - and one probable case - a child younger than 10 - bringing the total to 159. Of those, 134 are confirmed cases and 25 are probable, health officials said.

UPDATE: 9/2/20 4:45 P.M.

A COVID-19 outbreak at the Overbrook Rehabilitation Center in Meigs County has grown to 67 cases after local health officials announced three new cases at the facility on Wednesday.

According to the the Meigs County Health Department, 39 residents and 28 staff members at the facility in Middleport have tested positive in the outbreak, which was first reported in August. Of those cases, the department said Wednesday that there are 23 active cases among residents and eight among staff members.

Meigs County, which has recorded four deaths related to COVID-19, is currently listed as “orange” on Ohio’s public-health-advisory map published on the state health department’s website.

Officials have not said whether any of the deaths are connected to the outbreak at the rehabilitation center.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the local health department said there are 51 active cases in the county out of 112 confirmed and 24 probable cases.

UPDATE: 8/27/20 4:45 P.M.

The death of a third person in Meigs County has been linked to COVID-19, local health officials said Thursday afternoon.

“Unfortunately, the Meigs County Health Department is also reporting our third COVID-19 related death,” the department said in a news release. “The Meigs County Health Department would like to express our sympathy to the family of this individual. "

The victims were identified on the Ohio Department of Health’s COVID-19 website as a woman in her 70s, a woman in her 80s and a man in his 80s, but no other information about any of the deaths has been provided by state or local health officials.

Meigs County officials also reported six new cases Thursday afternoon - four confirmed and two probable - to raise the total to 112, with 36 of those considered active. State statistics showed 110 total cases on Thursday.

In addition, the four confirmed cases reported Thursday are connected to an outbreak at the Overbrook Rehabilitation Center, while the two probable cases involve children - one between one and nine years old and one between 10 and 19 years old - local health officials said.

On Wednesday, local health officials reported 12 new cases at the facility in Middleport. As of Wednesday, the state’s COVID-19 website showed 39 cases at Overbrook - 20 residents and 19 staff members - since April 15.

UPDATE: 8/13/20 4:30 P.M.

Four new coronvirus cases have been linked to an outbreak at the Overbrook Rehabilitation Center in Meigs County, health officials said Thursday afternoon.

So far, there have been 17 cases among residents and employees at the long-term-care facility in Middleport since the outbreak was announced on Monday.

The four cases were among five total announced today by the Meigs County Health Department, which said the county has 33 active cases and 64 total - 51 confirmed and 13 probable.

The department reported the county’s first two deaths on Wednesday but did not say whether they were connected to the Overbrook outbreak.

UPDATE: 8/12/20 6 P.M.

Meigs County has recorded its first two deaths from COVID-19, local health officials said Wednesday afternoon in a news release.

The county health department identified the victims as a man in his 80s and woman in her 70s.

“The Meigs County Health Department sends our sincere condolences to the families of these two individuals,” the release said.

The department did not say whether the deaths were connected to an outbreak of at least 13 cases reported Monday and Tuesday at the Overbrook Rehabilitation Center in Middleport.

The department also reported three new cases - two confirmed and one probable - on Wednesday, bringing the total in the county to 59 - 46 confirmed and 13 probable. There are 28 active cases, the department said.

The latest confirmed cases were identified as a boy between 10 and 19 years old and a woman in her 20s. The probable case is a man in his 40s. None of the three is hospitalized.

UPDATE: 8/11/20 4:45 P.M.

Another COVID-19 case in Meigs County has been connected to an outbreak at the Overbrook Rehabilitation Center in Middleport, health officials said.

The outbreak announced on Monday now involves 13 cases among both patients and staff members, the Meigs County Health Department said.

Overall, there are 28 active cases from among 44 confirmed and 13 probable cases in the county, the health department said.

ORIGINAL STORY: 8/10/20

A dozen new COVID-19 cases at a senior-living facility have pushed the total in Meigs County to 56, health officials said Monday afternoon.

In a news release, the Meigs County Health Department announced a total of 10 new confirmed cases and three more probable cases, with 12 of those connected to the Overbook Rehabilitation Center in Middleport.

The cases at the facility are a combination of residents and employees and appear to be concentrated to “one area of the facility,” the health department said.

The health department said it “continues to work closely with Overbrook throughout this evolving situation.”

As of Monday afternoon, the health department said there are 27 active cases in the county and that there have been 56 total cases - 43 confirmed and 13 probable - since April.

“We ask residents to please refrain from calling the Health Department for questions regarding these cases while we complete our disease investigations and notify relevant individuals,” the health department said. “The cases and individuals identified as contacts of the case will be advised to self-quarantine in accordance with CDC guidance.”

The department also urged residents to continue following federal, state, and local guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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