LOGAN — Hocking County’s COVID-19 confirmed cases have increased since last week and the Hocking County Health Department has claimed that part of this is due to an outbreak at the Carlin House.
According to the Ohio Department of Health, an outbreak is defined as two or more cases. The Hocking County Health Department defined the confirmed cases at Carlin House as a small outbreak.
The Hocking County Health Department, Hocking Valley Community Hospital and the assisted living facility, Carlin House, are working together on this outbreak at the facility.
All residents and staff have been tested for COVID-19 to help stop the spread. The Health Department is following established guidelines for the investigation of infectious disease and has been in contact with anyone who has come in contact with the cases through contact tracing.
Hocking County Health Commissioner Doug Fisher said the Health Department has been in contact with the facility and discussing how to handle the situation but did not want to discuss the situation further.
The Logan Daily News reached out to Carlin House Assisted Living Executive Director Mindy Bailey for comment but she did not respond by our deadline.
The number of confirmed cases in the county reached over 20 last Wednesday then on Friday, the county tallied its second death. On Saturday, the number climbed to 54 confirmed cases.
As of Monday, Hocking County had 56 confirmed cases, five probable cases, 10 hospitalizations and two deaths. There are also 17 recoveries in the county.
As for Ohio, there are 26,646 confirmed cases, 1,504 deaths and 4,968 hospitalizations. There is an additional 1,808 probable cases.
As the amount of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the county increases, more businesses are beginning to open. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has released the following dates for reopening:
• Thursday, May 21: campgrounds
• Friday, May 22: horse racing with no spectators
• Tuesday, May 26: Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles; gyms and fitness centers; non-contact and limited contact sports leagues and public and club pools
• Sunday, May 31: childcare