Ross County recorded its largest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases, Friday. The Ross County Health District issued the following release on Friday, June 26th:
As of 10:00 am on June 26, 2020, the Ross County Health District has received reports of 7 new COVID-19 Cases in Ross County. This is the largest new case per day increase in COVID-19 cases in Ross County. The previous largest increase of new cases per day in Ross County was 4 new cases reported on May 8, 2020. This brings the total COVID-19 case count for Ross County to 95 since the first Ross County case was reported on March 30, 2020. Of the 7 new cases reported on June 26th , 4 of the cases are inmates at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution and 3 of the cases are residents of Ross County. As of 10:00 am on June 26 th, no hospitalizations have been reported related to the 7 new cases.
The Ross County Health District has been working with Ohio Department of Corrections and the Ohio Department of Health in response to the increase in COVID-19 activity in the local prison institution to ensure spread of COVID-19 is minimized among the inmate population and workforce.
The Ross County Health District urges all to continue taking necessary precautions to limit spread of COVID-19 now that many businesses and workplaces are re-opened. Through investigation of COVID-19 cases that occur in Ross County, 19% of the Ross County Cases have been confirmed as “Community Spread” where the case investigation could not link the positive case with exposure to other known positive cases of COVID-19. This indicates that the COVID-19 virus remains active within Ross County and all should take necessary precautions to limit spread of COVID-19.
The Ross County Health District is also observing average age of cases in Ross County occurring more frequently in younger adults. Ross County COVID-19 cases that occurred prior to May 1st had an average age of 52. Ross County COVID-19 cases that have occurred since June 1 st , 2020 have an average age of 36, while the average age of cases that occurred in the month of May 2020 had an average age of 48.
To limit COVID-19 spread, it is important to wash hands often, wear a face covering or mask when in the public and while at work, stay six feet from others, and stay home if sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. It is also important to avoid crowded areas or places where social distancing and physical distancing is not possible, especially for those who are vulnerable or have underlying health issues.