Here are the weekly updates of COVID-19 cases in Vinton and Jackson Counties.
The Jackson County Health Department is reporting that the cumulative total, as of Feb. 10, stands at 2,648 lab-confirmed (positive) cases.
Currently, there are 45 active cases in Jackson County.
It also reported 166 probable (likely) cases of COVID-19. A probable case is defined as an individual who reports a history of a COVID-like illness and is epidemiologically linked to a confirmed case or an individual who reports a history of a COVID-like illness with supportive lab results, but does not have testing done.
The health department is also reporting 29 positive antibody tests. The CDC reports that an antibody blood test checks your blood by looking for antibodies, which show if you had a previous infection with the virus. These are separate tests from lab-confirmed case tests.
There are three current hospitalizations. There have been a total of 158 individuals with lab-confirmed cases that were hospitalized thus far.
The health department is reporting that 39 percent of the 2,648 confirmed cases have an underlying health condition. The breakdown of gender infected is 58 percent female, and 42 percent male. The age range in years among those infected is now 0-100.
Sadly, there have been a total of 50 deaths in Jackson County to date.
Editor's Note: Vinton County deaths now stand at 15 according to a Facebook post from 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 16. Probable cases stand at 81 with 7 active cases.
In Governor Mike Dewine’s press conference on Thursday, Feb. 11, he revealed a still unchanged Ohio Public Health Advisory System map. It has been weeks since anything has changed as Vinton continues at a Level 2 Public Emergency.
DeWine hosted another press conference on Tuesday, Feb. 16 where Vinton County appeared last on the occurrence list. This means that the county has the lowest rate of spread with only about 115 cases per 100,000 people. With the recent weather, DeWine explained that some vaccine deliveries may be delayed. Those who have vaccinations scheduled for the next few days should reach out to confirm that they are still available.
Not much change has come to the county as well according to the Vinton County Health Department Facebook page. The most recent data comes from a post on Feb. 12 with the exception of a post updating the number of active cases in the county on Valentine’s Day.
These posts articulate that there are currently 13 active cases in the county. The older post lists 675 confirmed cases with 80 probable. The county has 726 recovered cases of COVID-19 and 3 people are hospitalized according to the older post as well.