LOGAN — The total number of confirmed cases in Hocking County has increased by six since last Thursday.
This week, the county began with a total of 60 confirmed cases for the county and 20 total recoveries. On Wednesday, that number climbed to 64 confirmed cases and 38 recoveries.
The third death in Hocking County was confirmed by the Hocking County Health Department on Saturday, May 23 and the fourth death was confirmed a day later.
The health department announced that there had been a small outbreak of COVID-19 at the Carlin House Assisted Living facility on Friday, May 15. Shortly after, there were reports of the Ohio National Guard going in and out of the facility.
This was prior to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s announcement of the Congregate Care Unified Response Teams, which includes medically-trained members of the Ohio National Guard.
This response team is testing residents based on those who have been likely exposed to COVID-19 and all staff within nursing facilities to help nursing home administrators gauge the status of the virus in their facilities and help isolate the virus to stop it from infecting their community.
As of last week, the Ohio Department of Health reported that Carlin House had a cumulative of 23 COVID-19 cases amongst its residents and a cumulative of 14 cases amongst its staff. This number was last updated on Wednesday, May 20.
The health department stated that contact tracing efforts have led to the screening of all residents and staff of the Carlin House, including those with no symptoms, which is the reason why there had been an increase in numbers.