Ohio prison infections top 160; some call for restarting economy

The number of coronavirus infections in Ohio’s prisons topped 160 over the weekend, and 12 of 28 institutions are now under full quarantines, according to the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Posted: Apr 13, 2020 11:01 AM
Updated: Apr 13, 2020 11:04 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The number of coronavirus infections in Ohio’s prisons topped 160 over the weekend, and 12 of 28 institutions are now under full quarantines, according to the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

A hundred staff members have tested positive, with more than half of those at Marion Correctional Institution, the prisons agency said Sunday.

One Marion prison guard died of COVID-19. Inmate infections hit 67, with the majority of those at Pickaway Correctional Institution in central Ohio.

A quarantine “separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed, or potentially exposed, to a contagious disease to see if they become sick,” the prisons agency said.

During the epidemic, the state is also limiting inmates to two meals a day, a hot brunch and an evening meal, to reduce movement in facilities and contact between individuals, The Lima News reported.

To date, Ohio has confirmed 6,518 cases and 253 deaths, according to the Department of Health.

The pandemic has caused nearly 2,000 hospitalizations in Ohio, with about 600 people needing treatment in intensive care units.

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up in a couple of weeks.

Older adults and people with existing health problems are at higher risk of more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

In other developments:

LAWMAKERS URGE REOPENING

The state remains under a stay-at-home order until May 2, with all but essential businesses closed.

But some lawmakers are starting to pressure Republican Gov. Mike DeWine to reopen part of the economy.

State Rep. Nino Vitale, a Republican in Urbana in western Ohio, sent a letter to DeWine asking that elective surgeries be resumed so doctors and nurses can return to work, according to the Dayton Daily News.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently revised how coronavirus cases and deaths can be reported, saying positive symptoms can count toward a diagnosis even if there isn’t a positive test. GOP House Speaker Larry Householder told the Dayton Daily News he questioned whether Ohio is using that policy to escalate its numbers and justify the policy of keeping the economy closed.

DeWine has repeatedly said that the stay-at-home order is saving lives and that reopening businesses too soon could lead to an increase in cases just as the state is seeing progress.

CARE PROVIDERS

Ohio University moved up graduation to April 18 for its Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Health Sciences and Professions, adding hundreds of new physicians and nurses to assist in battling the pandemic.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 109683

Reported Deaths: 3495
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Lake10095315
Elkhart6268107
St. Joseph593596
Allen5849198
Hamilton4589109
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Hendricks2617120
Monroe230036
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Ohio Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 142596

Reported Deaths: 4608
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Cuyahoga16981643
Hamilton12622307
Montgomery7402151
Lucas7051356
Butler550899
Summit5056248
Marion305447
Mahoning2981279
Warren287648
Stark2706168
Pickaway262344
Lorain223886
Delaware209320
Fairfield198350
Columbiana191480
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Clark170438
Wood164671
Clermont159420
Lake155849
Medina141238
Allen135367
Miami132649
Greene131326
Portage105666
Mercer103317
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Erie88044
Ross84822
Richland77518
Madison77012
Darke75239
Belmont70427
Geauga70147
Hancock6469
Ashtabula63848
Athens5812
Lawrence58118
Shelby5599
Auglaize5559
Sandusky55220
Putnam52823
Huron5207
Union4742
Ottawa46430
Scioto4556
Seneca42914
Preble41513
Holmes3697
Muskingum3652
Jefferson3184
Henry29012
Logan2883
Champaign2853
Perry2839
Knox27715
Clinton27613
Defiance27610
Brown2722
Hardin24813
Morrow2472
Washington24223
Coshocton23011
Fulton2281
Fayette2236
Jackson2234
Highland2193
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Crawford2136
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Williams1953
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Guernsey1557
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