4 Ohio Prisons Under Full Quarantine; 2 Inmates Have Virus

In this March 26, 2020, file photo Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, left, and Dr. Amy Acton, director of the Ohio Department of Health, leave the State Room before their daily update on the states response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. (Joshua A. Bickel/The Columbus Dispatch via AP, File)


By Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Four Ohio prisons are under full quarantines following two positive tests for inmates last week, and the state health department said it plans to start random coronavirus testing.

A look at coronavirus-related developments in Ohio on Monday:

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CASES

More than 4,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus and 119 people have died, with more than 1,100 hospitalizations as of Sunday, according to the state health department.

The state plans to start random coronavirus testing to better determine how widespread the virus is in Ohio, Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton announced over the weekend.

A 54-year-old woman in Shelby in north-central Ohio called her five days recovering in the hospital from COVID-19 “a very frightening experience,” the Mansfield News Journal reported.

For most people, COVID-19 displays mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can be more severe, causing pneumonia or death.

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CARE

In Chillicothe in southern Ohio, a 17-year-old student at Unioto High School is using a 3D printer to make protective masks for health care workers at Adena Regional Medical Center, according to the Chillicothe Gazette.

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CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES

Four prisons — in Columbus, Marion, Pickaway County and Toledo — are under full quarantines following positive tests for for one inmate at the Marion prison and one inmate at the Pickaway prison last week, and the transfer of a Marion inmate to Franklin Medical Center in Columbus. One inmate in Toledo is in isolation pending testing results.

County health officials have told employees at a federal prison in eastern Ohio where two inmates have died from COVID-19 to use self-quarantine protocols when not at work.

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RELIGIOUS SERVICES

The pastor of Solid Rock Church in Monroe in southwestern Ohio lashed out at critics of the church’s refusal to stop in-person services, saying the church is following social distancing practices, increased hand sanitizing stations and is encouraging seniors to watch online, according to the Dayton Daily News.

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THE NEW NORMAL

Toledo police arrested a man early Sunday for violating the governor’s stay-at-home order after he was warned twice to leave a house party and then was found at another one, The Blade reported.

Fremont and Maumee have closed access to the Sandusky and Maumee rivers respectively over concerns of large numbers of anglers gathering during the current walleye spawning run.

A distillery in Fairborn in southwestern Ohio has converted $100,000 in rum to hand sanitizer for Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, according to the Dayton Daily News.


 

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