Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

Young hospitalized boy among 14 new cases

By Leslie Gartrell
CELINA - A hospitalized boy 10 years old or younger represents one of 14 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported on Tuesday, raising Mercer County's total to 156.
In Auglaize County, one new confirmed case has raised the number of that county's confirmed and probable cases to 57.
Seven of the new Mercer County cases involve females: one is a girl 10 years old or younger, one is from the age of 20-30, three are from the age of 50-60, one is from the age of 70-80 and one is from the age of 90-100, according to a Mercer County Health District news release. All are self-isolating at home.
The other seven involve males: one is the hospitalized boy, one is from the age of 20-30, two are from the age of 30-40 and three are from the age of 80-90. All the men are self-isolating at home.
District officials also reported 60 people who have recovered, 153 pending cases, 436 negative test results, 11 current hospitalizations and two deaths from COVID-19. According to the district's online COVID-19 dashboard, 102 of the confirmed cases involve white non-Hispanic people (65%), 48 are Pacific Islanders (31%), five are Hispanic (3%) and one is Asian. Women make up 53% of cases, while men account for 47%.
Celina has the largest number of cases with 65. Coldwater has 36 and St. Henry has 31, while Fort Recovery has nine and Maria Stein has seven. Burkettsville and Chickasaw each have one case.
The online dashboard, available at, includes a map of cases by town and zip code and demographic breakdowns by race, sex, age range and the number of cases by date of the test taken. The dashboard's map also includes a breakdown of long-term care and confinement facilities with confirmed cases of COVID-19 by staff and/or residents.
Health officials will update the online dashboard each weekday by 4 p.m. People with questions about COVID-19 can contact the health district by calling its COVID-19 call center at 567-890-2619 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday.
The Auglaize County Health Department reported a 36-year-old man is self-isolating at home after becoming the latest confirmed case in the county.
Department officials also reported 54 confirmed cases, three probable cases, 11 current hospitalizations, 26 people who have recovered and three deaths from COVID-19.
As of Tuesday evening, the Ohio Department of Health reported 28,952 confirmed and probable cases, 5,117 hospitalizations and 1,720 confirmed and probable deaths from COVID-19.
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